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You Are Not a Gadget
- A Manifesto
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Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.
The current design and function of the web have become so familiar that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions made decades ago. The web’s first designers made crucial choices (such as making one’s presence anonymous) that have had enormous - and often unintended - consequences. What’s more, these designs quickly became “locked in”, a permanent part of the web’s very structure. Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals. Lanier also shows:
- How 1960s antigovernment paranoia influenced the design of the online world and enabled trolling and trivialization in online discourse
- How file sharing is killing the artistic middle class
- How a belief in a technological “rapture” motivates some of the most influential technologists
- Why a new humanistic technology is necessary.
Controversial and fascinating, You Are Not a Gadget is a deeply felt defense of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture.
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This book helps to take a look behind the curtain of the internet and technology
In You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto, Jaron Lanier critiques digital culture and how technology shapes our society. Lanier argues that digital technology is homogenising our culture and stifling creativity. Lanier also criticises the internet as we know it, arguing against its decentralised approach and that it does not allow great individuality. His book advocates for a more human-centred approach to designing and using technology. It is the meaning that we shape and not the gadget itself. I found most interesting and learned a lot from the following theses in the book: (1) The concept of "digital Maoism", which describes the tendency of online communities to conform to a single, dominant ideology or culture, stifling diversity and creativity. (2) The idea that the current design of the internet, with its centralised architecture and reliance on user-generated content, is inherently anti-individualistic. Therefore, users must be given more control over their personal data and online identity (without restricting the internet by heavy data privacy rules. (3) A call to rethink the way digital platforms are monetised. Instead of relying on advertising and personal data mining, he argues for using micropayments to support and compensate the actual creators. The book is written for a general audience in a clear and accessible style and does not require any prior technical knowledge to understand. As the book addresses a wide range of topics related to digital culture, technology, and society, it is intended for anyone interested in understanding the impact of technology on our lives and the world around us.