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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH

Jaron 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
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 31st 2018 by Bodley Head (first published May 29th 2018)
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BlackOxford
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On Genies and Bottles

In 1956, the novelist and scientist, C. P. Snow wrote an article entitled The Two Cultures. The cultures he had in mind were science and the humanities. Each, he claimed, had its own specialised vocabulary, its own criteria for acceptable thought, and its own unspoken beliefs about ‘the way the world really is’. Communication between members of the two cultures were, he concluded, in such a parlous state that the fate of human society was threatened. Essentially he believed
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David Wineberg
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Facebook, Google and The Rapture


Jaron Lanier wants to be known for his music and his appreciation of cats (He likes to say he is one). But where he is best known, and most useful, is in his appreciation of the internet. In You Are Not A Gadget (2010), he created a manifesto to free us from the clutches of the corporations installing their systems in our daily lives. Now, things are much worse. Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now is a more specific and desperate appeal
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David
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audiobooks
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
Oryx
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.)

Scary stuff.

This is not a book condemning the internet. It is the opposit
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Kyle
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the most impacting books I've read this year. You may not see me here much longer.
Dave McLeod
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devoured in a day. Accomplishes the not insignificant thing of making social media slightly more bearable. ESSENTIAL
Rob
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading this review and thinking of checking your Twitter feed? Mind overwhelmed right now by something you read that made you mad on Facebook? Perhaps you should pick up this book. In it, tech pioneer Jaron Lanier discusses how his decades in the computing industry has made him fearful of what social media has done to people and our perceptions of the world.

Jaron calls social media companies the BUMMER machine. BUMMER stands for "Behaviors of Users Modified, and Made into an Empire for Rent".
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Ramón Nogueras Pérez
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay
Un puñetazo en la boca del estómago. No le doy 5 estrellas porque cuando habla de modificación de conducta pues, bueno, dice unas polladas del 15, y porque es pesada la disonancia cognitiva que le lleva a tratar de justificar el capitalismo libertario que tan claramente sitúa a la raíz del problema.

En mi opinión, una lectura urgente y necesaria, y una clara llamada a la acción. Yo, al menos, la he escuchado.
T Scott Saponas
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Like all his work, Jaron nailed it.
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This book was written by someone in the computer world, so I was really fascinated with his point of view. Social media has totally changed how we interact with one another in a negative way at times. I never realized what a negative impact social media has had on our economy, either. This is an interesting and eye-opening read.
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Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.
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Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to t
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