Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

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The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords—a winning argument all its own.
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A timely call-to-arms from a Silicon Valley pioneer.

You might have trouble imagining life without your social media accounts, but virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier insists that we’re better off without them. In his important book, Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms.

Lanier’s reasons for freeing ourselves from social media’s poisonous grip include its tendency to bring out the worst in us, to make politics terrifying, to trick us with illusions of popularity and success, to twist our relationship with the truth, to disconnect us from other people even as we are more “connected” than ever, to rob us of our free will with relentless targeted ads. How can we remain autonomous in a world where we are under continual surveillance and are constantly being prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations in history that have no way of making money other than being paid to manipulate our behavior? How could the benefits of social media possibly outweigh the catastrophic losses to our personal dignity, happiness, and freedom? Lanier remains a tech optimist, so while demonstrating the evil that rules social media business models today, he also envisions a humanistic setting for social networking that can direct us toward a richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.

 

About Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. Time named him one of the “Time 100” in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published May 29, 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.. 160 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on May 09 2018

The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords—a winning argument all its own.

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Reviewed by Zoe Williams on May 30 2018

I finished this stark but exuberant account not fearing for the future so much as amazed the world wasn’t already even worse.

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