'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITHJaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.Social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal. In recent months it has become horribly clear that social media is not bringing us together it is tearing us apart. In Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering ten simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm.So, if you want a happier life, a more just and peaceful world, or merely the chance to think for yourself without being monitored and influenced by the richest corporations in history, then the best thing you can do, for now, is delete your social media accounts right now. You will almost certainly become a calmer and possibly a nicer person in the process....
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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Reviews
Best for: People looking for a push to consider leaving social media.
In a nutshell: Silicon Valley veteran (seriously, he worked on internet stuffs in the early 80s) attempts to make the case that social media — in its current form — is harming us and society, and tried to get us to quit. Mixed results follow.
“Yes, being able to quit is a privilege; many genuinely can’t. But if you have the latitude to quit and don’t, you are not supporting the less fortunate; you are only reinforc ...more
// impressive, persuasive and ultimately damning look at the religion of social media and their manipulation of our data, identities and behavior for profit
Favorite line regarding the dark underbelly of social media algorithms and the fanatics who worship its cult: “AI is a role-playing game for engineers, not in itself an actual technical achievement.”
And: “Who is to say what counts as intelligence in a program?”
If it’s a bunch of amoral jerkwads... it ain’t emotional intelligence or empathy that’s valued. That’s for damn sure.
I found this book alarmingly convincing. I’m going to have to read it again, though.
A less than compelling case with statements of things that are known.
A real bummer man. Just kidding.
Presented with a real clarity and very well argued indeed. Not what I was expecting from the title. Lanier makes it seem like this is the only argument worth having, the most pressing problem of contemporary society; it makes everything else fall by the wayside or seem to stem from the impact of the mood manipulators, the Silicon Valiums, the algorithms and advertisers. (It probably does.)
This is not a book condemning the internet. It is the opposit ...more
Good night, Facebook. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely delete you in the morning.
Read this book and think critically. It is one of best books for critical thinking I have read in a long while.
Devoured in a day. Accomplishes the not insignificant thing of making social media slightly more bearable. ESSENTIAL