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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier, read by Oliver Wyman.

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 explains in 10 simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better.

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 10 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.

©2018 Jaron Lanier (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read." (Zadie Smith)

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I did quit facebook on the basis of this book.

It's already been an eye-opening experience. The unhappiness and stress its caused me, being hyperconnected on social networks, has not been particularly helpful personally so its an experiment of challenge. Here's to face to face reality and the wonder and magic of simply dreaming. I was ready for some positive disruption and thanks to Lanier I have started writing and playing music again. Now that is what I call radical action! 😊

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An in depth exploration of what I have suspected for a long time

I deleted my social media accounts some months ago due to some of the concerns raised by the author in this book and, at the time, had no knowledge of the books existence.

Having now read the book I can only say one thing.....

I AM NOT SORRY!

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Enjoyable until

Was enjoying listening until he brought up vaccines and stated his opinions as facts. Why on earth a tech guy felt he knew best about vaccines is beyond me. Ruined the whole thing for me

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This book should be compulsory reading for anyone who wants to use social media

Brilliant and informative. This should be part of or replace the t&c of social media sites. You will be wiser for reading this book. I’ve gifted several people already.

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It’s a must read

To get a better understanding of the book I will be listening to it again I usually do this with all of the books that I listen to as sometimes that you miss things and misunderstand certain important keys.

Generally overall it’s a good book and I’ve been off social media so this is reinforced my belief.

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I'm deleting all but LinkedIn with 30 days

I'm recently Google free. Secure email in Germany, Lineage OS on my phones with no Google at all and I now host my own cloud, office and notes via NextCloud.

I will admit, I've never been active on Social Media so deleting my accounts is not such a big deal, but before I do, there is one last message to broadcast, Read This Book!

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(15 words minimum for review !?) Amazing. Mind blowing. A cult work !!! Fuck yeah !!!

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Insightful but unconvincing?

I found that Lanier's earnest writing style was very accessible and smooth. However, I wish the author had made a more serious effort at presenting counterarguments as more than straw men, examined what social media truly does to people and how it allows them to learn and connect in ways that other media like literature have made inaccessible in the past. He mentions these elements of social media constantly in passing and is suggestion for an alternate model of social media platforms is brilliant but I wish he had delved deeper into the imaginal of this alternate platform, really sold it to me. Great book overall - just wish it filled in these gaps.

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Insight into the dynamics behind social media.

I always felt/thought there was something slightly bizarre about the recent phenomenon of social media and it's almost whole sale use and acceptance. This book has helped me understanding the, almost hiddern, economic and psychological mechanism which has propelled social media to the center stage of society. We give our data (both factual and behavioural) and attention to social media platforms for free. They sell this data. For example Facebook has a yearly revenue of around 7billion. Our data and attention is there for used for financial or political gains by social media platforms, political lobiests and business that use your data for targeted advertising. Is there however a net gain for the individual and society who 'use/used by' these 'free' platforms?

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If you're reading this review, you need to read this book. There is still hope.

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Mandatory read for our era

I highly recommend this book. This book was written by one of the most brilliant minds of Silicon Valley. Someone who knows tricks of the trade and is An insider when it comes to social media companies. The problem which he choose to talk about in this book Is a source of vexation for almost who has a smart phone in their pocket.

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Interesting books, nicely read

And I enjoyed it, in big part thanks to the reading and the optimistic look, while talking about such issues.

I do want to note I see gaps in the narrative - he keeps talking about how social media is bad, as if TV and newspaper are perfect - yet I believe this is far from being true ( see 1984 written much before social media). Anything you consume is provided by someone with interests, and in FB I actually understand better who wrote each thing. Still, lots of interesting read.