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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
  

WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR 'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH'Profound .

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Barcode 9781529112405
Release Date 1 August 2019 by Vintage
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Author(s) By Lanier, Jaron
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ISBN-13 9781529112405
ISBN-10 1529112400
Stock Release date is 1 August 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 6 Aug 2019
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Release Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Lanier, Jaron
Category Popular Culture
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Technology: General Issues
Internet
Social & Legal Aspects of Computing
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 11mm
Weight 127g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Social media - Social aspects, Social media - Popular works
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 302.231
Catalogue Code 994039

Description of this Book

'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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One of the most optimistic books about the Internet I've ever read because it dares to hope for better ... A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read -- Zadie Smith In every chapter there is a principle so elegant, so neat, sometimes even so beautiful, that what is billed as straight polemic becomes something much more profound -- Zoe Williams * Guardian * Indispensable. Everyone who wants to understand the digital world, its pitfalls and possibilities should read this book - now -- Matthew d'Ancona, author of Post-Truth A witty and fiercely intelligent attack on the ethics and business model of big tech and a romping read to boot. Lanier is a modern day Luther, calling for a digital reformation and nailing his theses to the door -- Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler An eloquence that is hard to argue against ... Every time you log on, you are adding to a fire that is burning your house down -- Danny Fortson * Sunday Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jaron Lanier is one of the most celebrated pioneers of digital innovation in the world, and also one of the earliest and most prescient critics of its current trajectory. His previous books include the international bestsellers Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget, both chosen as best books of the year by the New York Times, and most recently Dawn of the New Everything- A Journey Through Virtual Reality, chosen as a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Vox. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, one of the 100 top public intellectuals by Foreign Policy, and one of the top 50 World Thinkers by Prospect.

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