'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
A necessary read.
Look, this is not a self-help book. It's not a how-to guide. It's not even as bombastic as its title might lead you to believe (gotta cut through that Algorithm somehow, right?) -- it's a philosophical read about the new and unprecedented ways we are communicating with each other that, at its core, just takes a step back to wonder why it's like this, who's benefiting from it, and how it's affecting us.
Even if you don't end up agreeing with Lanier's conclusions, these are things ...more
Thought-provoking read by an intelligent author, musician and noted resident of Silicon Valley, Jaron Lanier who will have you thinking about every key you've hit, ad you've searched on your social media sites using 10 valid and strong arguments for deleting your social media account right now. This book speaks of how algorithms are affecting our mindset and manipulated us all... scary actually to think but in so many ways too true!
"Algorithms gorge on data about you, every second. What kinds of ...more
In this book, Lanier tells us that users of social media are merely numbers (similar to how a certain religion was categorized during the Holocaust). Algorithms exist to favor Facebook, Google, their advertisers, and you're being used and manipulated by these algorithms to benefit platform owners and their customers (the advertisers). This seems to be the main argument the author uses to dissuade people from quitting social media.
I really like the kindle version, because the footnotes are fille ...more
This is an interesting manifesto about how social media is destroying our souls and our society, but unfortunately, this book isn't well-written. It's skimmable, at best.
Here's a quick guide to Lanier's arguments:
1. You are losing your free will.
2. Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of our times.
3. Social media is making you into an asshole.
4. Social media is undermining truth.
5. Social media is making what you say meaningless.
6. Social media is destroyi ...more
BlackOxford, in the review above, apparently faults Jaron Lanier for both being a computer scientist and for sounding like one. Besides resorting to ad hominem and straw man attacks and refusing to engage in a meaningful way with the book's content, BlackOxford also illustrates one of this book's central points, which is that, on social media, the biggest asshole always gets more 'likes' than everyone else.
Lanier does write like a computer scientist, which is what makes this book interesting. Hi ...more
Before reading this book, I was thinking about deleting my social media accounts or at least limiting my use of them. After finishing the book, I actually have less incentive to do so.
This book is poorly written, and completely unbalanced. The author might have a point in many cases, but it gets lost among all the accusations. His recipe in a nutshell is to take any problem in the world and blame it on social media. Sometimes sprinkle it with your political opinion. And in the meantime, forget a ...more
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
Since this is my final post here because I'll be deleting Goodreads (and Facebook) after this, I... Okay, just kidding. I actually did delete Snapchat, which is apparently a bit innocuous compared to the other platforms Jaron Lanier (a trustworthy man with some authority here) refers to, but more due to the fact that I have basically 9 active friends there, and all of them use other apps. I think if I were more casually and even leisurely committed to social media, I might be fully persuaded to ...more