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
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
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
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
A short, snappy, impassioned takedown of the surveillance capitalism operated by the giant Silicon Valley corporations
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
A rollicking call to arms
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
Ten Arguments is more compelling than the many similar treatises on social media published since 2016 because of Lanier’s intimate knowledge of the private sector
- [A] powerful book… Lanier’s ten arguments are strong and convincing, and become more so as they accumulate
Written in Lanier’s engaging conversational style… [Ten Arguments] hits all ten nails bang on the head
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