Length: 176 Pages
WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR
'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH
'Profound . . . Lanier shows the tactical value of appealing to the conscience of the individual. In the face of his earnest argument, I felt a piercing shame about my own presence on Facebook. I heeded his plea and deleted my account' FRANKLIN FOER, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Social media is supposed to bring us together - but it is tearing us apart
The evidence suggests it's 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.
Length: 176 Pages
"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"
"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"
"Indispensable. Everyone who wants to understand the digital world, its pitfalls and possibilities should read this book – now"
"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"
"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"