Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

'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 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 insider's 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.

Title:Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781847925398
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About Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.


    Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Reviews

  • BlackOxford

    On Genies and BottlesIn 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 ...

  • Diane

    This is an interesting manifesto about how social media is destroying our souls and our society, but unfortunately, this book isn't well-written. It's skimmable, at best.Here's a quick guide to Lanier...

  • Trish

    Actually I thought I knew what Lanier was going to say in this book and wasn’t going to read it. Then I listened to a podcast with him with Ezra Klein, and beginning about the 60-minute mark, Lanier...

  • David Wineberg

    Facebook, Google and The RaptureJaron 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 appreciati...

  • David

    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 ...

  • Matt

    Quick read; good food for thought: Be like a cat....

  • Simon Stegall

    BlackOxford, in the review above, apparently faults Jaron Lanier for both being a computer scientist and for sounding like one. Besides resorting to ad hominem and straw man attacks and refusing to en...

  • Carrie Poppy

    Persuasive....

  • Dee's Books

    Thought-provoking read by an intelligent author, musician and noted resident of Silicon Valley, Jaron Lanier who will have you thinking about every key you've hit, ad you've searched on your social me...

  • Mark Seemann

    These ten arguments for deleting my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, etc. accounts were more serious and thought-through than I had expected. I mostly expected an entertaining rant, but this is a...