Trust Me, I'm Lying

I'm catching up on Gweek, Boing Boing's podcast -- and I'm listening to the episode featuring Ryan Holiday, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.  The book -- or, at least, the conversation -- is mainly about blogs, and the ways in which blogs are manipulated to skew the truth, and how the blogs themselves skew the truth to maximize pageviews. He draws an analogy between contemporary blogs and yellow newspapers, the ones sold by kids shouting on the street.  The ones that were full of dishonest, sensationalist crap.

"You've got to read three blogs, and [...] triangulate the truth between them." -- Ryan Holiday

I'm a big supporter of blogging as the future of news, but I do agree with Holiday's points.  I've complained about sensationalist headlines and manipulative spin in news content before, and it really is one of the big problems with major blogs.

That said, especially since this is being pointed out, I think it's a good sign.  When newspapers were reasonably new, they were full of dishonest, sensationalist crap.  Just like a lot of blogs are now, and just like our mainstream TV news is now.  But in the dirth of good information, the people demanded better media.  We want better media, and I think blogs will become better media.

I will definitely look into buying this book.