Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
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...more
The author is so positive: he isn't anti-tech, he's just pro-GOOD tech. He is funny and silly but serious and well measured. He gav ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is pretty straight-forward. I picked it up after watching Netflix's recent documentary The Social Dilemma, in which the author of this one is being interviewed. The book covers very similar topics to the film and essent ...more
That said, I'm not sure if it was the actual writing or just the subject matter that I connected with. I found the book to be a bit all over the place which I didn't expect for such a short book and I'm not entirely sure ...more
Which is why this book was important for me to read. While I haven't (yet) deleted my Twitter account, I now ...more
I see some top GR reviews for this book slating the content and in particular, the writing style. I begin to wonder if a book with such a diverse scope deserves to be judged according to what I would call “literary” parameters. Of course to each his own, but for me, this was dense, thought-provoking and a fundamental read - so much so that the very idea of judging the writing style did not cross my mind (and I am quick to judge in this regard).
Lanier’s ideas are rooted, not unhinged f ...more
Late last year I started to notice that I was not in a good space - mental, emotional or otherwise - and though I'd made several changes over the years as to how I used social media and who I "friended", I realized I wasn't being drastic enough. So took a six month ...more
I got this after watching Netflix “The Social Dilemma” documentary. I then watched “The Wavy Line” That’s what led me to this book. I also bought other books more in-depth from ex-social media creators and tech geniuses who gained a conscience and deep concern for society.
The book is an easy read, witty in parts and broken down into simple points. Ev ...more
It discusses how you are losing your free will, how by using social media you're turning into an asshole, how social media is making what you say meaningless and so on.
it's short and it seems to be a quick and somewhat light read. And on top of all that it's written by Jaron Lanier, someone who's been at the core of wha ...more
This would have been better as a blog post, rather than stretched out into an admittedly shortish book. Apart from the observation that negativity is a far better driver of clicks than positive posts—sorry kittens!!!—there isn't much here.
Personally I find most social media a bit of waste of time, but then I am nerdy social introverted bookworm, so I would wouldn't I?
Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World showed me that it's not my fault: A bunch of people in Silicon Valley are literally paid millions of dollars to get and keep me addicted to this platform. Newport also inspired me to consider all of the other things I could do with l ...more
This is, unfortunately, the second book this year I had to abort because it was such a waste of time. Literally. It is not that I don't agree with the author that we should all get ...more
I came to my own negative opinions regarding platforms like Facebook early, and long before the current hand-wringing because of privacy concerns or the way it's corrupted our democratic processes and social interactions. When I first started using FB it didn't take long to realize that people had no desire to use ...more
I had also bought the book with the hope that I could leave it lying around the house, and perhaps my family would pick it up and start leafing through it. I don't think that's going t ...more
I watched "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix and then listened to this via Scribd. Earlier this year I hated the, what I found to be, pretentious ableist with a complete lack of nuance and unaware of a ton of privilege, Digital Minimalism. Oddly enough I had nothing against that title, but "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now"?...that title kinda turned me off to be honest. However I am really glad I gave it a shot! I find this leagues better ...more
Social media is crucial
I'm not here to fight you, especially because you probably saw this on social media. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is ignoring think pieces about how writers don't need social media...that I see writers sharing on so ...more
In the sciences:
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 ...more