Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Lanier offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave the dangers of online platforms behind. He has seen their 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. And he asks: How could the benefits of social media possibly outweigh the catastrophic losses to our personal dignity, happiness, and freedom? -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250196682 (hardcover)
125019668X (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 302.231 LAN
Characteristics: x, 146 pages ; 22 cm

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Oct 07, 2019

This is a terrific little book: insightful and cheeky-funny. He has a great ability to think around the issues, see and relate their contours and relations to other aspects of the issues he raises, and write it all in a way that's delightful (eg, one of the subtitles in a chapter is "addiction, meet network effect"). Parents, politicians (especially), other legislators and decision makers would do well to read the book and heed its advice, and consider how to constrain and regulate social media companies.

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upshiftott
May 20, 2019

As mentioned by others, this is an excellent book.
I'm not really a social media user, but I read the book out of curiosity and because I enjoyed Jaron Lanier's other books. This book exceeded expectations from the viewpoint of new concepts and thoughtfulness.

I would recommend reading Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson, which gives more insight as to how some social media platforms get more "engagement" , (or "manipulation") of followers.

A closely reasoned account of why the sosh meed are bad for you and all of us, from a guy who ought to know. If you don't like being manipulated and influenced in a hundred different ways by bots, fake people, and algorithms, do what the man says, bail out now. The question is, whether the people who really need this advice, can focus long enough to read a 140-page book. Try thinking of it as ten long posts.

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matthewgp206
Feb 06, 2019

This is an excellent essay on why social media is not the right platform for our current state of affairs. I would recommend this to everyone who uses the internet and I would also recommend deleting your accounts after reading this. Super engaging and well written, be sure to check this one out. -Matt

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anaemic
Jan 11, 2019

This book explains how social media works and how the companies (eg. Facebook, Google and Instagram) behind it are using constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation.
It explains how social media is designed to be addictive and is making us antisocial and fragmenting conversation.
An interesting and relevant book.

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