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- Print Length: 147 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (29 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079DTVVG8
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"Profound . . . Lanier shows the tactical value of appealing to the conscience of the individual. In the face of his earnest argument, I felt a piercing shame about my own presence on Facebook. I heeded his plea and deleted my account."
--Franklin Foer, The New York Times Book Review
"Mixes prophetic wisdom with a simple practicality . . . Essential reading."
--The New York Times (Summer Reading Preview)
"The title says it all . . . Lanier advocates untethering from social media, which fosters addiction and anomie and generally makes us feel worse and more fearful about each other and the world . . . The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords--a winning argument all its own." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now is not anti-tech or even anti-phone. It is one of the most optimistic books about the Internet I've ever read because it dares to hope for better. Profoundly skeptical of the business model that undergirds social media, Lanier demonstrates the ways in which our social media accounts make us not consumer but product, our every connection monitored by unseen third parties who harvest our data, monetize our communication, and curate and manipulate our behavior. Another online life is possible, but first we have to destroy the one we're trapped in. The great news is you don't have to take to the streets--you don't even have to leave your room. You can do it all by pressing one little key . . . A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read." --Zadie Smith, author of Feel Free--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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So far this year five major works have alerted us to the dangers of the growing and disturbing addiction to social media. For tens of thousands, particularly the under 30s, it has become a drug. It is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more tribal and more isolated. In brief, as the author says it is tearing us apart.
Lanier is an expert in this field. Hence, we should take heed of what he says. Unfortunately, the addicted will not want to hear his warnings for they undermine their craving. The effects of social media are cruel, and dangerous particularly for the young. It involves subconscious manipulation. Lanier is witty as well as profound. His ten arguments offer an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media minus the harm. All, particularly those with children, need to read this book.
If you want to think for yourself without being manipulated and influenced by wealthy corporations you should delete your social media accounts-now. Lanier is a celebrated pioneer of digital innovation. His previous books about the digital age have received World acclaim: read his ' Dawn of the New Everything'. He has been named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
His ten arguments are only some of the arguments about social media that demand attention. There are many more. For example he doesn't discuss the pressures on young people, especially young women, or how scammers abuse us, or how social media algorithms can discriminate against you for racist reasons. This important book only scratches the surface. Lanier points out we can survive without social media. The internet is not the problem. Email friends instead of using social media. Read news websites instead of getting news that has been filtered. In short, you control your life. You will save a lot of time by ditching Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter.
This is a very important book. It is rich in common sense. Far too many people have become like a zombie. There are several new facts as well as more common ones. The strength of our addiction must not be underestimated. Social media is fundamentally biased. It rewards negative behaviour. It learns about us in order to change us.1984 is here.
Lanier warns us that truth is being harmed and twisted daily by thousands of fake Twitter followers. Podcasts he warns are next to be infiltrated. Lanier is a philosopher and seer of the Valley who has turned into a dissident. He deserves our attention.
Also strongly recommended are books by : Sherry Turkle, and Cathy O'Neil on this topic.
I had to read this book twice. The first time I could tell the points were there, but mixed in with other points so it was unclear. So the second time I made my own notes, making specific examples relating to my own experience & the websites that aren't what he means but I find comparible eg Mail Online (!) that the information relates to as well.
I understand now. The websites are free, paid for by adverts. The Mail Online specifically puts horrible articles that generate nasty comments = clicks & your time. Similarly, tv news choose horrible news stories get higher viewing figures. That is just one part I took from the book, it's too much about money for the advertisers.
The central & most fascinating point to me was the concept of Facebook etc switching you to Pack-Mode where you find yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling less-than. The author recommends the alternative which is Solitary-Wolf-Mode. In Solitary-Wolf-Mode you are more open to the bigger picture. How he explains the two made me realise that I get such great ideas and am happier in Solitary-Wolf-Mode but I am no good in Pack-Mode, I feel limited & worse. That might not be true for everyone. Being on those websites depletes your energy & ideas.
Early in the book the author creates an abbreviation "BUMMER" then used that word in capitals throughout & I couldn't remember what it meant, was slightly offputting. It refers to that type of website.
Its the very first book of his that i have had the pleasure of reading and i was amused and amazed all the way through.
Lanier is perfectly poised and positioned to satirise the industry he worked for,
and some of its outrageous conventions and practices.
And he do so with so much skill, flair and panache, at times its breathtaking.
Hes a war torn veteran of sillicon valley.
It's as if he has been the Kings (Sillicon Valley) Jester for all these years, but now he has decided to jump
the fence and run to the local villagers (us) to make a mockery of the King and how he has been
exploiting the serfdom all this time.
At times I was roaring and rolling with laughter, especially at some of the expressions and terms he has invented
to destroy the sheer absurdity and insanity of the social media world.
I am so happy that people and authors like this still exist in our world.
People who are still prepared to use their minds with integrity to question what
they do for a living and challenge it, if they feel there is more harm being inflicted
through their work to humanity, than value being added.
All his other books are on order.
Long live Lanier!
Five Stars bravo!
There’s an interesting contrarian strand in the second half about AI, which could form the basis of another book.