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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Hardcover – 31 May 2018

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (31 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847925391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847925398
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the most optimistic books about the Internet I've ever read because it dares to hope for better. Another online life is possible, but first we have to destroy the one we're trapped in. A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read (Zadie Smith)



Jaron Lanier’s writing on technology and its cultural significance is indispensable and he has surpassed himself in this book on social media. Everyone who wants to understand the digital world, its pitfalls and possibilities should read this book – now (Matthew d'Ancona, author of Post-Truth)



Everybody should read this book, immediately. It is 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)



A short, snappy, impassioned takedown of the surveillance capitalism operated by the giant Silicon Valley corporations (Financial 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)



An eloquence that is hard to argue against … The system deployed by the social media giants, he says, is nothing short of a weapon of mass social destruction, and his conviction is based on his insider knowledge … Every time you log on, you are adding to a fire that is burning your house down. So delete your accounts (Danny Fortson, Sunday Times)

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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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