Ten arguments for deleting social media pdf

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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier: Delete Your Social Media Accounts Now!

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier – review

In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now , Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms. 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 toward a richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world. Lanier shows the tactical value of appealing to the conscience of the individual. In the face of his earnest argument, I felt a piercing shame about my own presence on Facebook. I heeded his plea and deleted my account.

Published with permission. Something entirely new is happening in the world. A lot of us are also using related devices called smart speakers on our kitchen counters or in our car dashboards. Algorithms gorge on data about you, every second. What kinds of links do you click on? What videos do you watch all the way through?

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The concept of random reinforcement, for example: addiction fed not by reward but by never knowing whether or when the reward will come, is well known. That process — of becoming hooked on an elusive mirage — is addiction. Silicon Valley has a distinctive way of looking at things: have big idea; iterate; fix; iterate again. We figured it would be wiser to let entrepreneurs fill in the blanks than to leave that task to government … We foolishly laid the foundations for global monopolies. Given the network effect — that Uber only works if everyone is on it — a thousand flowers were never going to bloom. And so the gig economy was born, this highly skilled field spreading its insecurity to low-skilled ones, food delivery, retail. If triggering emotions is the highest prize, and negative emotions are easier to trigger, how could social media not make you sad?




  1. Kaled P. says:

    Social media is supposed to bring us together - but it is tearing us apart.

  2. Vanina R. says:

    Are social media companies doing society a huge disservice? Is your online and social media usage being tracked and analyzed? Did you.

  3. Felicienne P. says:

    Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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    Jaron Lanier: the digital pioneer who became a web rebel –interview

  5. Matthieu D. says:

    Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Hardcover – May 29, 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 Ten Arguments for Deleting.

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