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  • By: Jaron Lanier
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

By: Jaron Lanier
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
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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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A great wakeup call

Great performance and impeccably argued, this book is A MUST read. I am going to alter my behaviour as a result!

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Essential read

Very moderate, bipartisan and even commentary on the present state of social media as it relates to politics, social structure, current events and society. The author is well informed whilst remainly firmly in his own lane. An interesting and slightly terrifying read that is well thought out and well worth it.

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Such an eye opener

When I saw Jaron in the doc Social Dilemma I just had to have his book. I’m gonna listen to it again. So much valuable information. I just really want to and need to for the sake of my kids and myself raise my awareness about this topic!

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Just get it and listen to it.

In keeping with my reduced attention span this book is small by most standards. Its easy to understand and the arguments presented for me were solid. Ironically I found this author on youtube was impressed by his TED talk and other items.
This book is great work.

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I feel 5 star reviews were inflated by algorithm

Jaron's interview for the promotion of the book offered more insight. I would recommend those over this audiobook.

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