You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

You Are Not a Gadget

byJaron Lanier

Kobo ebook | January 12, 2010

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A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse.
Informed by Lanier’s experience and expertise as a computer scientist, You Are Not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices—such as the nature of user identity—that were “locked-in” at the birth of digital media and considers what a future based on current design philosophies will bring. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based data storage systems, and Web 2.0 designs that elevate the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and wisdom of individuals, his message has never been more urgent.

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Title:You Are Not a GadgetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 12, 2010Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307593142

ISBN - 13:9780307593146

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to follow There is no doubt that Lanier is an intelligent and passionate individual, and he writes with a sincerity that shows how much he cares about the topic at hand. However, one gets the sense that some background knowledge of the early Internet and the modern iteration is necessary to keep up with all of the author's assumptions and tangents. An ability to cut through the occasional pretense is also required (Lanier is a technological heavyweight, but his historiography can be rather simplistic).
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading, especially for the cephalopods There's nothing like a passionate manifesto to shake up your world view - even if you're not completely convinced. Is the collective "hive" mind of the web greater than the sum of its parts? Jaron Lanier says no. He probes the troubling implications of the web's design. In particular, it favours mashing up old media over creating something new, while shutting the creators of original works out of the revenue loop. Well worth reading. (At the very least, you might learn something new about cephalopods.)
Date published: 2017-02-10