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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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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 towards richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.

©2018 Jaron Lanier (P)2018 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)

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One of the most important books in recent history

This should be required listening before anyone is allowed to use social media. It is clear that the author is a liberal so conservative listeners may be put off....BUT, politics aside, everything he says regarding social media not only rings true but is backed up with scientific studies. You should get this book “right now.”

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  • Robert
  • Columbia, SC, United States
  • 07-26-18

Thoughtful and persuasive

This is a provocative summary of some powerful arguments against using social media as they are presently organized. Very well worth a listen.

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Wow... wow... WOW. A MUST listen/read for everyone

As a Technologist myself, I’ve seen personally how social media and it’s algorithms can destroy lifelong friendships and even my own marriage. This is the first book I’ve come across that coherently and very effectively describes all the main challenges and the damage social media platforms are causing our society simply because of s faulty business model. I strongly suggest anyone with a social media account of any type read or listen to this book before carrying on in their online life. Lastly, I would like the author, Jaron Lanier, for taking the time to publish this amazing piece of work. I agree with you on all points and thank you for your contribution to helping make our world a better place.

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Compelling, must read!

Very cogent arguments by Jaron Lanier. What's the adage, you never get something for nothing? Society has sacrificed too much so that a few technocrats profit, capitalizing on negativity, and manipulating our everyday experiences. The end result is bitter tribalism which ups engagement. Irony is that perhaps the outrage that keeps us hooked might only exist inside the SM matrix, but is spilling over with real world consequences.

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Must Read

Wake up humanity to this reality check. Listen carefully to the arguments and make a decision that will benefit you, your loved ones, and your “friends”.

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The Book to Read/Listen to!

Wow! Just listen, you need to know this information! This book explains in detail most of the recent social issues of the times. It's more than the title says, in ways to help one navigate through social media if one decides to keep their accounts. Read, listen, and decide for yourself, take your power back!

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  • jg
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  • 03-08-19

Interesting

Positive and intelectualy stimulating. a b c d e f g h i j k

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Finally some one who dares to speak up!

Finally some one who is not bribed by social media AND KNOWS WHAT HE TALKS ABOUT is speaking up about the social media, which like anything else poweful can be used for harm.

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delete your bummer accounts right now

thanks jason. book is super awesome. youre really getting at something here. keep going. we need you

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Such An Important Message

I wish that everyone could hear this. I believe that social media is the tobacco of our time that it causes mental illness and has led to a viciously divided society nearly everywhere. Jaron Lanier has a financial interest in the success of such efforts and yet, he's deleted all his own social media accounts and is warning you of the dangers. In next year's "Zucked" a similar message will be delivered by a major shareholder in Facebook. Yup, even the people getting rich on your misery are starting to wish there was another way. This is unprecedented in human history. Big tobacco never came forward to tell you it was ruining you. Social media is. Listen. Now. The arguments here are well constructed, easy to listen to and incredibly relevant to all of us. Buy this book if you buy anything this year and then give the experiment at the end of it a try.