Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781250301284 $10.99
Narrator Oliver Wyman brings his full complement of vocalizations to this polemic on social media and what it is doing to us. His cadence and delivery are spot-on, and his modulation of tone is especially effective when delivering the recurrent exhortation: "Delete your accounts." Author Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality and longtime Silicon Valley guru, has created a powerful screed aimed squarely against the giants of tech, whose products have created "think groups," allowed bad actors to penetrate social media with harmful results, and legitimized nonsensical arguments like those against vaccination. Lanier dubs the issues with social media as "a bummer," and its moving parts include attention acquisition, intrusion into everyone's lives, the cramming of content down people's throats, and the use of fake mobs and fake society. A.D.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2018]
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