10 reasons to delete social media book
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierA 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 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 insiders 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.
10 Reasons to Get Off Social Media - Jaron Lanier
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Although nothing in here struck me as particularly new — these ideas have been in the public discourse for some years now — the book is an engaging summary and exploration. We are losing our free will. Quitting our accounts is the best targeted way to resist this trend. It hurts the business model, which is the root cause of the problem. Social media is undermining truth.
Fighting Words Against Big Data
My self-justifications were feeble. They could be described as hypocritical even. In internal monologues, I explained my behavior as a professional necessity. How could I describe the perniciousness of the platform if I never used it? Critics of the big technology companies have refrained from hectoring users to quit social media. Over the past year, a backlash against the big tech companies has arrived suddenly and unexpectedly.
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