domingo, 10 de febrero de 2019

JARON LANIER: 10 Arguments for Deleting Social Networks

  1. We are losing our free will. Modern data-driven feeds and advertising are a “continuous behavior modification” machine, continuously affecting us in ways we don’t realize.
  2. Quitting our accounts is the best targeted way to resist this trend. It hurts the business model, which is the root cause of the problem.
  3. Social media tends to make us into assholes.
  4. Social media is undermining truth. Fake news, bot accounts and algorithmically-curated feeds are undermining even the idea that there is such a thing as “truth”.
  5. Social media makes what we say meaningless, because it strips it of context.
  6. Social media destroys our capacity for empathy. Because we are also seeing other people and what they say out of context, it is not possible for us to truly understand them or empathize. Lanier argues here that social media is “robbing us of our theories of one another’s minds”.
  7. Social media is making us unhappy.
  8. Social media doesn’t want us to have economic dignity. It is economically unsustainable, with millions of “users” giving their data and attention in return for being manipulated. Meanwhile, the tech companies that run these services make billions.
  9. Social media is making politics impossible, by normalizing fake news and insults (a natural consequence of point argument #3 – it is turning us all into assholes).
  10. Social media hates our souls. This final chapter reviews all the previous arguments from a spiritual standpoint.