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Glasgow Zine Fest

Get Rich or Lie Trying with Symeon Brown (Online)

Sat 8 July 2023

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An illustration of a person. Left they're hunched over their laptop. Right they recline taking a selfie & smiling.

Image Credit: Jules Scheele

Please note: this event will be held in person at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and online. Please make sure you book the correct ticket as it may not be possible to exchange them. In-Person tickets are available at a separate listing.

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?

In this talk, Symeon Brown speaks about their book: Get Rich or Lie Trying: Ambition and Deceit in the New Influencer Economy.

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.

Symeon Brown's exposé exposes 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.
About the facilitator:

About Symeon:

Symeon Brown is a reporter and journalist at Channel 4 News. He was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize in 2019 and shortlisted at the 2018 British Journalism Awards. He has written for a range of publications including Vice, Guardian, Huffington Post, CNN, New Statesman and The Voice.


This event is for ages 18+ and will be held online. You will need a good internet connection and a laptop/computer/mobile device to join us.

There will be 100 attendees maximum, and the event will feature comfort breaks. During this event, attendees will participate in: visual presentations.

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Event Type

Talks & Events


Online via Zoom


6:00pm — 7:15pm





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