- Gebundene Ausgabe: 160 Seiten
- Verlag: Bodley Head (31. Mai 2018)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1847925391
- ISBN-13: 978-1847925398
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,4 x 1,9 x 22,2 cm
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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. Mai 2018
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"One of the most optimistic books about the Internet I've ever read because it dares to hope for better ... A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read" (Zadie Smith)
"In every chapter there is a principle so elegant, so neat, sometimes even so beautiful, that what is billed as straight polemic becomes something much more profound" (Zoe Williams Guardian)
"Indispensable. Everyone who wants to understand the digital world, its pitfalls and possibilities should read this book – now" (Matthew d'Ancona, author of Post-Truth)
"A witty and fiercely intelligent attack on the ethics and business model of big tech and a romping read to boot. Lanier is a modern day Luther, calling for a digital reformation and nailing his theses to the door" (Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler)
"An eloquence that is hard to argue against … Every time you log on, you are adding to a fire that is burning your house down" (Danny Fortson Sunday Times)
"Everything is here, from status anxiety, to wage degradation, to the death of context … This is Lanier at his best, taking the language of the internet and turning it back on itself" (Hugo Rifkind The Times)
"A short, snappy, impassioned takedown of the surveillance capitalism operated by the giant Silicon Valley corporations" (Financial Times)
"Informed, heartfelt and often entertaining ... a timely reminder that even if we can’t bring ourselves to leave social media altogether, we should always think critically about how it works" (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)
"A rollicking call to arms" (Emerald Street)
"in every chapter there is a principle so elegant, so neat, sometimes even so beautiful, that what is billed as straight polemic becomes something much more profound" (Zoe Williams Guardian)
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 offers ten simple but devastating arguments for liberating yourself from its hold.
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 ten 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.
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As one of the early internet tech pioneers and father of virtual reality, he is more than qualified to lay out the 10 arguments against BUMMER networks (Behaviors of Users Modified, and Made into an Empire for Rent).
I found the book so fascinating and compelling that I plan to keep it for reading again and referencing now and then.
Every one of his arguments matched my experience using these tools over the last decade: Facebook, Twitter, instagram, anything google. I knew something was wrong beyond what the popular articles had been saying, but I could never quite put my finger on it. There were a lot of “aha” moments.
He was ultimately preaching to the choir with me though, as I deleted most of my accounts last year - and I miss none of them.
Most of my friends and family are still attached to the hip with BUMMER networks, like a big fundamentalist church I once belonged to. Maybe having left such churches gave me the understanding that you might leave and everyone still in the cult will look at you like you’re a lost sheep such a thing. But those of us who have left realize the freedom and joy of being a “cat” is a much better life. I have friends who still invite me back to “church” to see their pictures on Facebook. Thanks but no thanks. Life is much better on this side.
It is a book built around a single acronym: BUMMER (Behaviors of Users Modified, and Made into an Empire for Rent). The acronym is used 346 times in a book of 160 pages. (Yes, that’s more than twice per page.)
Lanier is obviously brilliant and has had a front row seat at the spectacle that Silicon Valley has become. And he’s obviously disillusioned. Most of us, I think, particularly outside of that insulated biosphere, get it. Technology has done a lot of great things. But it’s also doing a lot of damage and it’s getting increasingly difficult to tell the difference.
One of the insights I liked best is that personalized news feeds and data flows preclude us from seeing what others are seeing. And that, in turn, deprives us of understanding their context. That’s a HUGE insight and for me made the book well worth the price of a short and quick read.
Other insights were less accessible to me: “So BUMMER intrinsically enacts a structural, rather than an ontological, change in the nature of free will.” And “Memes started out as a way of expressing solidarity with a philosophy I used to call cybernetic totalism that still underlies BUMMER.”
In the end he really does believe that we should all take a time-out from social media although he is far from giving up on the dream. From what little grasp I have for social media, however, it seems doubtful to me that anyone in Silicon Valley will see any reason to read the book and those that are being led down the BUMMER path – and destroying themselves and society in the process - are very unlikely to be convinced to change their habits.
I used to have business responsibility for a manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. The people there finally got the peace they so much deserved but I remember a time when that peace seemed hopeless. There were people in the autumn of life that had known nothing other than strife. What would they do? How would they support their families? But it finally did happen and the world is better off.
Silicon Valley is not done evolving. Technology can change the world for the better. Probably, however, in ways we have not yet understood.
In the end, all strife is resolved through great and unselfish leadership. And if that leader is currently in place it is unclear who it is. Lanier is asking the right questions. A BUMMER if the great and all powerful disruptors don’t pick on it.
That being said, the information and insights about our relationship to social media and what it's doing to our society are spot on. It's worth working your way through. It will help you understand the treacherous place we've gotten ourselves into as a culture. And it will help you deconstruct your own relationship with social media to decide if you have to draw the line.