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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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Hatred for Trump Interferes with book

I really enjoyed the premise of quitting social media. It’s fascinating and horrifying what Facebook and others know about their users. However, the author’s hatred of Trump just dragged on to the extent that it took away from what would have otherwise been a good book. By the last several chapters, it became so much that I decided to write one of my few reviews because it really succumbed to what is wrong with social media by doing this.

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Great topic, but too much of authors politics.

It's unfortunate that with such an intriguing topic, the author kills his own message with him anti-Trump, anti-conservative messages. Does EVERYTHING a liberal does have to tie in Trump? Jesus, all I wanted was to hear/read about the shadyness of behavior modification as I am detaching as well, but I get 5 hours of political behavior modification.

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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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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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Radical Left Ideology

This book started off great, but quickly spun into a Trump hating and far left ideology word vomit. Sad. I love the direction this book had in the beginning with great content, but am disheartened that this book is exactly what it preaches against. Can people not write without having to give their political views on a topic that shouldn’t require political views? Pretty sure it’s the left that controls people through social media anyways. Don’t listen unless you are a snowflake.

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Propaganda filled with no intelligent arguments.

I wanted to like this book. I like everyone else know that social media has a dark side. I wanted well researched, formulated, arguments. An intelligent book that speaks to what we know and has references. This book is not that type of book. It tells you what you already know, all while the author points out his influential friends, his morality and pushes his own biases. He talks to you as if your an obstinate child with a low IQ. I felt it had only one good point that social media has the intention to exploit your data to make you a better consumer...and yet we all knew that before buying this book.

This is the first book I have ever returned to audible. The propaganda lace drivel has annoyed me to the point of me making my money speak my opinion for me.

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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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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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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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Surprised by how slow & dry it is; not convincing.

I purchased this title WANTING to be convinced; I've been on the fence about whether I should remove social media from my life entirely for quite a while, and while I suspect it that would have an overall positive impact in my life, I'm a very scientific/fact-driven person and I want to weigh all of the evidence and data, and based on the description given of the book, This sounded like the perfect place to start.
I was on board for the first several arguments, but soon realized that in order to follow the entire book, you actually need to memorize the several acronyms used - maybe if I was reading the physical edition and could highlight, take notes, and easily flip back to reference all the acronyms, definitions, and niche vocabulary introduced, I could've followed better.
For instance, early on, the author's defines a "B.U.M.M.E.R" and the way you remember what a BUMMER is, is that a bummer will always A.B.C.D.E.F - I understood all of this information and exactly what the author was trying to convey and define.
From that point on, however, pretty much every paragraph contains the phrase "BUMMER" - while the author uses the word as a verb and a noun. Since this is a phrase you've just learned, when you hear the word 'bummer', you're still going to go to your context of 'bummer' in your head, not the authors - and then you remember it's this BUMMER, but what was the criteria for something to be a BUMMER? ABCDEF? The "arguments" get increasingly repetitive as you go on, most varying slightly from each other; the evidence given is all common sense/common knowledge, not the hard facts I was looking for. Again, I think if I read it and could flip back and maybe take some notes, I'd follow better and enjoy it. Definitely do not recommend as Audiobook though.

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