Review of Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
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Jaron Lanier’s social media report reads like sci-fi. The dystopia he presents thrives on surveillance, behavior modification and fake people spreading lies, propaganda and hate. Lanier, a virtual-reality pioneer, says social media’s toxicity arises from its business model, letting advertisers exploit user data to create and post targeted, manipulative messages. He says users should force change by deleting their accounts. Despite repetitiveness and slightly vague examples, this is a provocative, sometimes shocking overview for both social media users and emerging entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt current practices.
About the Author
Scientist, musician and writer Jaron Lanier’s VPL Research start-up developed the first commercial virtual-reality products.