'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 argumen...
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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Reviews
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
A quick read which I think will preach to the converted (my uncle who doesn't use social media anymore loved it). As an author, I would sincerely lose a lot of my audience if I deleted my social media accounts!
Yes it made me think about using social media less but I already was aware of the ways in which social media uses and exploits our data because I've worked in marketing...Sorry. I'm part of the problem. BUT only because as Lanier points out in this book, businesses have HAD to be involved ...more
Quick read; good food for thought: Be like a cat.
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
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
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
Tech contrarian Lanier makes some compelling arguments to living a more conscious online/offline life -- But despite its ties to the tech behemoth Amazon -- Lanier never mentions GoodReads . . .
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