Reviews

  • "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