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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now | Jaron Lanier
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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 were better off without them. 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. Laniers reasons for freeing ourselves from social medias 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 toward a richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.
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DebbieVincent
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Essential for the future of humanity. Facebook etc destroy human empathy & turn us into partisan arseholes. There is no insistence to delete, even though the arguments are sophisticated & undeniable. Social media are human behaviour modification tools, addictive & impact real flesh relationships. Read & delete or read & don't. Your choice. It could have been longer and better written.
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dariazeoli
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Litsy doesn‘t count, right? 🤔

Bookcation74 Deleting Facebook was one of my best decisions so far this year! 5mo
Texreader I couldn‘t live without Litsy! 5mo
Molly_the_mezzo I don‘t use anything but Litsy, which I don‘t think counts! 5mo
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Crazeedi I am ready to delete everything but litsy! 5mo
Megabooks Nope! 5mo
Megabooks @Bookcation74 I did 4ish years ago, and I don‘t miss it at all! 5mo
kspenmoll Never!!!! We need Litsy - it‘s people!!!‘❤️ 5mo
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suvata
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It may have been a quick listen but I really didn‘t enjoy it that much. It was just so-so. I have no intention of quitting social media, so I guess his arguments didn‘t convince me.

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suvata
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Well, this sounds interesting and the audio is only about four hours long. May as well see if I can learn something from this.

LauraJ Just don‘t delete THIS social media account! 9mo
suvata @LauraJ Not a chance. I probably won‘t be deleting any of them. LOL 9mo
LauraJ @suvata Good! We like you here. 9mo
suvata @LauraJ Awww, shucks! 😊 9mo
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Simona
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I agree with all of these arguments, and I don‘t have any doubts that the author knows exactly what he is talking about ... but this book is written very poorly, in the manner of instant self-help manuals, and because of that he is very unconvincing. Unfortunately, I can‘t take seriously the author, who in his work warns me from notorious advertisements and algorithms on social media and at the same time use his book for self-promotion ...

Cinfhen I think you just made the BEST argument 👊🏼🙌🏻💋 9mo
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4thhouseontheleft I don‘t think I‘ve seen any good reviews of this one. 9mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft I‘m always trying to avoid the reviews of books that I intend to read ... for this book, this was the wrong tactic. 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
Simona @Cinfhen I was quite pissed off with this book 😠 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Funny, as someone who has deleted some social media at times, none of these were in my top 10 reasons for doing it. 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m using Litsy and Goodreads and I‘m perfectly fine if some machines detect my reading habits ... 9mo
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sophierayton
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Say BUMMER one more time...!!!
Aside from being annoyed by that acronym, I enjoyed this book. I'm not as worried as the author seems to think I should be, but it's made me consider my social media use.

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Krisjericho
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Mehso-so

This is a really short book, but it took me forever to read it. It is really badly written. But the points he makes are thought-provoking, to say the least. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY MADE-UP ACRONYMS. And they are terrible. I also laughed because of his critiques of social media and his title, which is essentially click bait. There is some good info here, but it should have been a Buzzfeed article.

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Emilymdxn
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Panpan

I wanted to find this book fascinating and challenging but it felt superficial, and apart from a few interesting points I was really disappointed. Not so much by the core message as the overly pop science writing - I don‘t need that many new acronyms and bits of very italic emphasis. Maybe it was just a disappointment after Naomi Klein, and it did have some good points, but it didn‘t convince me of anything and I was open to being convinced.

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Emilymdxn
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I hope this will be interesting. I‘m interested in learning more about the pitfalls of social media, and how to use it responsibly, but I don‘t see myself deleting all or any of my social media. I hope this book can be useful in teaching me new ways to think about stuff and keep myself as independent as I‘d like to be, without just shouting at me to delete stuff I find useful. Let‘s see.

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dariazeoli
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I haven‘t read this book (yet), but I did delete Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram from my phone and tablet at the end of June. It was nice to tune out for several weeks.

I‘m slowly breaking my social media sabbatical - I reinstalled Twitter yesterday, but only on my iPad. You can follow me there if you‘d like. I‘ll try to tweet more about books 📚

MatchlessMarie It‘s nice to take a break every once in a while. Last July I deleted everything except Goodreads and Litsy and it was a great month. 1y
Trashcanman Facebook, Twitter, Instagram free for years and I am never going back (never had some of those lol). Only social media is Litsy and goodreads. 1y
CouronneDhiver I‘m with George on this one ☝🏽 Only Litsy for me. @Trashcanman 1y
kyraleseberg That is so great, I need to do that too! I use Twitter for book blogging purposes but I'm so ready to remove all other social media from my life (except Litsy of course)! I think it'd change my life in a really positive way. 1y
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UrsulaMonarch
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I thought this book was pretty poorly written and I disagreed with a fair amount of it. I also can't stop thinking about it.

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UrsulaMonarch My experience with social media hasn't been the negative morass that Lanier generally (but not always) describes. Additionally, I don't agree that thinking and acting in a pack rather than solitarily is always so bad - to me, it seems like it could be a description of civilization. However, once I started reading the book as a prescription of how OTHER people should use social media, I found it more understandable (and hypocritical). 1y
UrsulaMonarch The bad writing was an annoyance (can anyone say what BUMMER stands for?), but I did appreciate the bite-sized summaries throughout. The book definitely seemed to be written to be accessible and memorable, even if it only occasionally achieved those goals. 1y
UrsulaMonarch BUT the book was helpful for thinking about current events, elections, and movements. After reading it, I felt like I should have been thinking about repercussions from social media earlier. I would say better late than never, but who knows. 1y
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Laura317 I guess it depends on how social media is used. I‘ve seen good and bad in it, but then all I really use it for is recipes and cat videos. What do I know? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
UrsulaMonarch @Laura317 I totally agree - I feel like I use it for things that make me happy (too)! But I think we have to make an effort to engage in actively positive places - like Litsy! ☺️ 1y
Karkar I can see how it can be bad. I used to love Facebook where I could catch up with old friends or family. But now I cannot go on it without getting angry. 1y
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iamtoddseal
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At times, it feels like he‘s right and nothing can change it. And it feels like Lanier‘s claims have become even more true (QAnon, Russian meddling, “what you‘re seeing and what you‘re reading is not what‘s happening,” etc.). But he provides enough light that you want to do something, even in a world dominated by social-media-pushed news and feeds created to manipulate your behavior. Of course, there‘s always the obvious.

Delete your accounts.

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iamtoddseal
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“it is not easy to accept that one has been tricked. .... a civil rights attorney told that same reporter, ‘If someone is organizing an event that benefits accountability and justice, I don‘t really care what their motives are or who they are.‘”

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raj987
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While this book may come off as another listicle enumerating social media pitfalls, “10 Arguments..” provides both technological and philosophical reasons to do away with social media accounts. I couldn‘t put it down and finished it in 2 days.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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Think I‘m gonna like this book 😎