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No #AxisOFEasy this week, but I finally got my review of Jaron Lanier's "10 Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now" up to the blog.
Escape from the BUMMER machineAugust 30, 2018 by Mark E. Jeftovic Leave a Comment(A long overdue review of Jaron Laniers’ “10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now“)In 1978 a former public relations and advertising exec, Jerry Mander wrote “Four Arguments For the Elimin...
Richard Sexton "The centralized, ad-driven business model inherent to most tech behemoths today is harmful to us individually and as a society; and it’s a dead-end economically."
Well there is is, there's is something I agree with Jar Jar Lanyard with, sort of. I think it can go on forever, bu that's it a bad idea but it's only a dead end in our dreams: "there's a new sucker born every day".
On today’s end of the continuum (which I maintain started with Bernays), an important shift has occurred. Now, with our infinite scrolls, engineered dopamine hits, and highly personalized data streams, it’s no longer about separating us into isolation booths and then hitting all of us with uniform messaging. Today we are all terminally unique, we get custom feeds, and they aren’t designed to make us all think the same thing as much as they are all designed to make each of us do something specific that somebody else wants us to do. In Lanier’s view, now we’re all being individually manipulated by third parties.
Titling his book as a nod to Mander, he came up with 10 arguments:
Argument 1: You are losing your free-will
Argument 2: Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of the times
Argument 3: Social Media is making you into an asshole
Argument 4: Social Media is undermining truth
Argument 5: Social media is making what you say meaningless
Argument 6: Social media is destroying your capacity for empathy
Argument 7: Social media is making you unhappy
Argument 8: Social media doesn’t want you to have economic dignity
Argument 9: Social media is making politics impossible
Argument 10: Social media hates your soul
This guy is nuts. I was an asshole before social media, ask my brother.
It. Hates. My. Soul.
Maybe the net is like New York City. If you go to the museums and the gallries down Broad st it's one thing. If you go to the area where there are red lights on 7th avenue, it's something else.
Or to paraphrase Tom Lehrer, "Social media is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it".