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Naomi

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  • You Are Not a Gadget: Being Human in an Age of Technology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jaron Lanier
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

    Ahmed says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Naive, luddistic, and ultimately pointless."
    Overall

    I'm giving it a 2 because he does raise some interesting points in the beginning, particularly about how the more metaphorically stringent we are about how we define our virtual world (e.g. "files", "folders", "windows"), the less able we are to move freely into alternative and possibly better modes of thought.

    Sadly, further chapters simply place Lanier squarely in his own generation's misunderstanding of media sharing and the attendant fear of creative-economic collapse imagined to go with it.

    The book further wasted my time with implausible, consumeristic scenarios about how to "fix" the music industry. I should have stopped with the 3rd chapter, but I was holding out for Lanier to come back around to making sensible, insightful statements again. Oh well.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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