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 were 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
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 ...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 ...more
Lanier does write like a computer scientist, which is what makes this book interesting. ...more
Which is why this book was important for me to read. While I haven't (yet) deleted my Twitter account, I now ...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 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).
Laniers ideas are rooted, not unhinged from ...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
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 postssorry 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?
Of course, everything could be more complex, more compelling usw. But the book is effective for a short, quick read. Surprisingly *for moi* JL manages some pretty turns of the phrase, some deep "soundbites" that go ...more
First off, the book is NOT a self-help title. It will NOT tell you how to quit social media and change your life. Nor is it a summary of the ...more
His ten arguments, to sum them up, have to do with the much-discussed privacy, use of personal data, and news-manipulation issues created by social media. But he also deals with more-individual negative ...more
I have to give Jaron Lanier credit. Clearly he read my scathing review of his last book, and took all my criticisms to heart. =) That book was a rambling, depressive whine. This one is a cogent, eloquent, scrupulously documented and well-put set of arguments about how a perfect storm of Internet, Capitalism and ad-based revenue models are conspiring to make us angry, miserable and stupid.
I'm not ...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 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 ...more
I believe there is a lot of truth in this, but I really have a problem with the way he brings it. ...more
2. Ive been staring down this book for a good year, but as with all things in the end, I read it at the perfect time.
3. This is not a book of conspiracy theories or demands to return to a sanitized and idealized version of the 19th or 20th centuries.
4. Every parent and everyone who cares about children would be well served by at least sitting with the thesis and citations of, and ...more
1. You are losing your free will
2. Quitting social media is the best way to resist the insanity of our time
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 destroying your ...more
Yes it made me think about using social media less but I already was aware of the ways in which social media uses and exploits our data because I've worked in marketing...Sorry. I'm part of the problem. BUT only because as Lanier points out in this book, businesses have HAD to be involved ...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 ...more