Social media is supposed to bring us together - but it is tearing us apart.
'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' Zadie Smith
The evidence suggests that social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal.
Jaron Lanier is the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer who first alerted us to the dangers of social media. In this witty and urgent manifesto he explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and, in ten simple arguments, why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.
WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR
‘Informed, heartfelt and often entertaining ... a timely reminder that even if we can’t bring ourselves to leave social media altogether, we should always think critically about how it works’ Sunday Times
‘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
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The author does a really good job to be as mild as possible when presenting his 10 arguments, to avoid intriguing you, the social media addict. That being said, the further you go into this book, the more you understand what goes on behind huge “BUMMER” corporations, and how they use you and your data to manipulate you!
I suggest that when you finish the book, to go beyond and read some footnotes that you found interesting, as some of them are research on certain topics.
Read this book a couple of days after I decided on my own to delete my social media accounts, to try and find validation for my action. I was very much surprised with what happens behind closed curtains, that even surpasses NCA security levels! But then again, after Cambridge Analytica scandal, what would you expect.