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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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Interesting point of view

Great book about why Social Media is kind of a problem. If you're struggling with social media addiction and manipulated behavior (probably you are not even aware of it), this book is for you. Good counter argument of the common: -be present on the Internet-.

#Addiction #Clever #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #Inspiring

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Thought Provoking Conversation about Social Media

Just what I expected. Lanier gives ten arguments for why everyone should delete his social media account right now. Of course, he prefaces his arguments at the beginning by stating that these are not arguments specifically for deleting your social media accounts, but rather about rethinking how one uses them in his personal and professional personas.

I thought the first few arguments were great. I could stand a criticism of our current political leaders here and there. (Just because I disagree with someone's politics doesn't mean I must condemn their writings!) However, I consider the last four arguments rather weak. I stopped listening at argument nine, which seems to be based on a revisionist view of current events.

Overall, Lanier has presented us technophiles with a thought-provoking book. I don't expect us all to agree on the details of his arguments (or his conclusions for that matter), but I do believe this will give us something to discuss over coffee.

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horrible politics in the book

do not buy this, it was horrible and a waist of time listening too, would not recommend

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important book

very interesting book that made realize lots of things about my relationship with the social media.

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Delete Your Accounts!

Delete your accounts! This was the plea that Jaron set forth in this book. Whether you will or won't this book provides excellent insight into the tech issues going on behind the scenes at many of the big name social media companies. Jaron pulls back the curtain to reveal some startling issues that have arisen (some unintended and others quite purposeful) which are effecting economies, politics, society, and even spirituality. I enjoyed the thoughts laid out in this book although I could have done without the profanity that was used. Overall it made me think about my personal use of social media and I will be giving serious thought to my continued use of several social media platforms moving forward.