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You Are Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier

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This book explores the history of the digital world, the worrying path it has put us on, and how we can fix the problems created by the internet.


You Are Not a Gadget

You Are Not a Gadget

by Jaron Lanier


The interconnectedness made possible by new technologies like the internet can be both a blessing and a curse.

How much worse is bullying now that it's taken on this new cyber component? And what effects do Instagram's hashtags have on our mental health? These can appear to be obvious 'internet problems'. But the internet also creates issues when it comes to data mining, devaluing people, and not giving artists real credit for their work, for example.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, internet guru, and author; he was named one of the 25 most influential people in the last 25 years of tech history by Wired magazine. In You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, Lanier explores the dark side of the internet, offering ways to improve the technology and use it to enhance our lives.

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The only hope for social networking sites from a business point of view is for a magic formula to appear in which some method of violating privacy and dignity becomes acceptable.

- Jaron Lanier

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