Confessions of a Digital Media Manipulator

with Ryan Holiday

Art Institute of New York City (the Gallery)

Art Institute of New York City (the Gallery), 11-17 Beach Street, New York, New York 10013
  • 2013
  • Oct 3
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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Ryan Holiday

An intimate, no holds barred conversation with a digital media provocateur.

New York Viral Media Meetup is getting into gear for a lineup of exceptional Fall events (we loved the Summer break but we're glad to be back!).

Join Charlie Oliver (Director of Digital Media at Served Fresh Media) in an intimate conversation with someone who is undeniably one of the most controversial people in digital media in recent years: Ryan Holiday (Director of Marketing at American Apparel, and author of the controversial, Wall Street Journal best-seller, Trust Me I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.

In this no holds barred, one-on-one interview discussion with Ryan Holiday, a digital media manipulator, you'll hear for yourself why Ryan's strategies are used as case studies by media giants Twitter, YouTube and Google and why news media outlets like Forbes, NY Times, Ad Age and Fast Company have so much to say about him and his controversial book.

  • Ryan Holiday is a self-styled “media manipulator” who exposes the blogosphere as corrupt to its very core. Trust Me, I’m Lying is essential reading for anyone concerned with the current health of our digital media. His is an important new voice. —TechCrunch
  • “Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results…this whiz kid is the secret weapon you’ve never heard of.”  —Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek
  • “Holiday has written more than a dyspeptic diatribe, as his precise prose and reference to the scholarship of others add weight to his claims. A sharp and disturbing look into the world of online reality.” —Kirkus Reviews
  • “This is an astonishing book. Holiday has worked for several years as a self-proclaimed media manipulator, running campaigns for companies such as American Apparel. He is now intent on revealing the tricks that his kind use to influence us. Many of these stories are chilling.” —Gillian Tett, Financial Times
  • “His focus is prescient and his schemes compelling. Media students and bloggers would do well to heed Holiday’s informative, timely, and provocative advice.” —Publishers Weekly

Join us for a compelling, no holds barred, one-on-one interview discussion with Ryan Holiday, a digital media manipulator.


Ryan Holiday (@ryanholiday) is a media strategist for notorious clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his work in advertising was internationally known. His strategies are used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and have been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company. His first book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He currently lives in New Orleans with his rebellious puppy, Hanno.



Charlie Oliver


Charlie Oliver (@itscomplicated). Charlie is Director of Digital Media Strategy atServed Fresh Media which provides digital media strategy and social media amplification for live, large-scale events and startups globally.

Charlie’s years of experience in the trenches of old media include working in advertising in New York at such media goliaths as BBDO Worldwide and Condé Nast, to producing sitcoms and dramas at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and Oscar-award winning indie production companies, to event management at Sundance Film Festival.

She segued seamlessly into tech and new media as a web video producer where she created and produced experimental web video projects such as an 8-hour live webathon for the 2008 presidential election. Soon thereafter, Charlie formed (an online talk show web video site) before moving on to Served Fresh Media where she creates and curates compelling conversations for brands and startups online and in real life.

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October 3 2013
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Art Institute of New York City (the Gallery) 11-17 Beach Street New York New York 10013
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