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Get Rich or Lie Trying

By: Symeon Brown
Narrated by: Jake Fairbrother
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More than one-fifth of children want to become influencers, and it's easy to understand why. What if you could escape economic uncertainty by winning the internet's attention? What if you could turn the adoration of your social media followers into a lucrative livelihood?

But as Symeon Brown explores in this searing exposé, the reality is much murkier. From IRL streamers in LA to Brazilian butt lifts, from sex workers on OnlyFans to fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes, these are the incredible stories that lurk behind the filtered selfies and gleaming smiles.

Exposing the fraud, exploitation, bribery and dishonesty at the core of the influencer model, Get Rich or Lie Trying asks if our digital rat race is costing us too much. Revealing a broken economy resembling a pyramid scheme, this incredible blend of reportage and analysis will captivate and horrify you in equal measure.

©2022 Symeon Brown (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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A clever concept but lacks any depth

This book isn’t old, and yet it doesn’t address any of the more recent - and arguably more damaging - challenges that have arisen from social media and it’s commerce channels. Nor does it tempt to predict any. From that lens, it felt like a lot of obvious points were made, rather than breaking any new ground. While listening, I kept thinking; ‘who is this book for?’ Perhaps those who are not really on social media? I can’t say. But I would skip it if you are a journalist, involved in culture, marketing or any kin industries.

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