Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right
The plain facts are these: if you use social media, you are under constant surveillance by some of the richest corporations in history. The source of their wealth is their ability to subtly manipulate your behaviour – using algorithms that silently curate what you see – which they offer as a service to anyone willing to pay. The original intentions behind all this were probably good, but unfortunately, the algorithms have learned that the most effective way to influence human beings involves making us sadder, angrier and more tribal. And over the course of the last few years, that is precisely what has happened. This book draws on all of the evidence now available to explain how social media works, what its effects are on its users and on society, and to show that what has become accepted as normal is in fact unethical, cruel, inhumane, and dangerous.
Social media is supposed to bring us together – but it is tearing us apart.
‘A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read’ Zadie Smith
The evidence suggests that social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal.
Jaron Lanier is the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer who first alerted us to the dangers of social media. In this witty and urgent manifesto he explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and, in ten simple arguments, why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.
WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR
‘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’ Sunday Times
‘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
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