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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier, read by Oliver Wyman.

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 10 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 10 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.

©2018 Jaron Lanier (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read." (Zadie Smith)

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Interesting books, nicely read

And I enjoyed it, in big part thanks to the reading and the optimistic look, while talking about such issues.

I do want to note I see gaps in the narrative - he keeps talking about how social media is bad, as if TV and newspaper are perfect - yet I believe this is far from being true ( see 1984 written much before social media). Anything you consume is provided by someone with interests, and in FB I actually understand better who wrote each thing. Still, lots of interesting read.

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  • Phoebe Thomasson
  • 07-04-18

I did quit facebook on the basis of this book.

It's already been an eye-opening experience. The unhappiness and stress its caused me, being hyperconnected on social networks, has not been particularly helpful personally so its an experiment of challenge. Here's to face to face reality and the wonder and magic of simply dreaming. I was ready for some positive disruption and thanks to Lanier I have started writing and playing music again. Now that is what I call radical action! 😊

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  • John
  • 08-20-18

Insight into the dynamics behind social media.

I always felt/thought there was something slightly bizarre about the recent phenomenon of social media and it's almost whole sale use and acceptance. This book has helped me understanding the, almost hiddern, economic and psychological mechanism which has propelled social media to the center stage of society. We give our data (both factual and behavioural) and attention to social media platforms for free. They sell this data. For example Facebook has a yearly revenue of around 7billion. Our data and attention is there for used for financial or political gains by social media platforms, political lobiests and business that use your data for targeted advertising. Is there however a net gain for the individual and society who 'use/used by' these 'free' platforms?

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  • Maija Kovari
  • 06-12-18

Insightful. Honest. Kind. Very much needed.

Social media systems today, explained by someone who has seen their development from the inside. Loved it.