Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.73 hours)
Product Number: Z100136953
Released: May 29, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250301284
Narrator/s: Oliver Wyman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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"Narrator Oliver Wyman brings his full complement of vocalizations to this polemic on social media and what it is doing to us. His cadence and delivery are spot-on..." - AudioFile Magazine Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now is 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 new audiobook, Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms behind before it's too late. Lanier's reasons for freeing ourselves from social media's poisonous grip include its tendency to bring out the worst in us, to make politics terrifying, to trick us with illusions of popularity and success, to twist our relationship with the truth, to disconnect us from other people even as we are more "connected" than ever, to rob us of our free will with relentless targeted ads. How can we remain autonomous in a world where we are under continual surveillance and are constantly being prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations in history that have no way of making money other than being paid to manipulate our behavior? How could the "benefits" of social media possibly outweigh the catastrophic losses to our personal dignity, happiness, and freedom? Lanier remains a tech optimist, so while demonstrating the evil that rules social media business models today, he also envisions a humanistic setting for social networking that can direct us towarda richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.

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Author(s): Jaron Lanier
Original Publish Date: May 29, 2018

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Author(s): Jaron Lanier
Product Number EB00719376
Released: May 29, 2018
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781250196699

Professional reviews

"Narrator Oliver Wyman brings his full complement of vocalizations to this polemic on social media and what it is doing to us. His cadence and delivery are spot-on, and his modulation of tone is especially effective when delivering the recurrent exhortation: "Delete your accounts." Author Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality and longtime Silicon Valley guru, has created a powerful screed aimed squarely against the giants of tech, whose products have created "think groups," allowed bad actors to penetrate social media with harmful results, and legitimized nonsensical arguments like those against vaccination. Lanier dubs the issues with social media as "a bummer," and its moving parts include attention acquisition, intrusion into everyone's lives, the cramming of content down people's throats, and the use of fake mobs and fake society. A.D.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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