Will author Jaron Lanier, a tech pioneer, convince you to delete your social media accounts?
The author’s hope is that his book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” will at least make people realize that they’re being inducted into this bizarre religion that’s really kind of dumb. Ref: CBC Radio “The Current” with Piya Chattophdyay, October 6, 2018
Lanier has never created a social media account but that doesn’t make him a technophobic luddite. As a Silicon Valley pioneer he is considered a founding father of virtual reality. He worked on the growth of the Internet in the 1990s and is currently an interdisciplinary scientist at Microsoft. Time Magazine named Lanier one of the 100 most influential people in world in 2010.
Lanier urges individuals to delete their social media accounts to be free from the toxicity and disastrous affects. He breaks down his reasoning with evidence in his book. “He doesn’t want to sabotage the machine; he wants to redesign it according to better specs. In an age of hysteria and hyperbole, his is a welcome voice of moderation and reason.” Peter Murphy in The Irish Times Review: Jaron Lanier’s book rails against the deliberate undermining of our free will.
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