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You Are Not a Gadget A ManifestoAinst mass mediocrity a creative call to arms and an impassioned defence of the human'A provocative and sure to be controversial book Lucid powerful and persuasive'   The New York Times'There is hardly a page that does not contain some fascinating provocation'    Guardian'Short and frightening from a position of real knowledge and insight'Zadie Smith New York Review of Books'Poetic and prophetic this could be the most important book of the year'    The TimesJaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer scientist who has spent his career pushing Amongst other things Lanier has opened my eyes to the fact that in a world both just and ideally situated for a continuation of the entrepreneurial capitalist culture that has raised the tide of global wealth like nothing before each one of you moochers and looters would be paying me a fee for the opportunity to peruse these book reviews which appear upon your computer screens only after a tortuous strangled combat producing rivulets of overly descriptive and yet still somewhat nebulous adjectives that sprinkle my prose like so many glistening drops of corporeal depletion indistinguishable between sweat and tears so if the lot of you had a shred of decency the cheue would already be in the mailI also feel compelled to reiterate how attractive the design of this manifesto is—that stark crisp angry eggshell white cover neither subdued as if under the lash of dim lighting or an oppressive shadow nor that etiolated thinness that speaks of energy departed to other realms with its beguiling word cloud of smudgy grey background noise serving as a framework for the trim and perky cyan that clusters in outspoken cliues; while the interior fonts of a perfectly proportioned size spacing and selection perform their orderly and measured maneuvers across pages of potato chip texture that slightly rebuff the cradling fingers and proudly starchily snap to attention when the page is admiringly turned Hats off to Vintage for a job well doneAs for the content for Mr Lanier's gentle polemic against the cybernetic totalists and their open culture jihadah fuck it I just can't be arsed I'm hot I'm tired I'm burned out from working too much reading too much and investing a considerable percentage of my currently available enthusiasm into the Canucks' uest for Lord Stanley's Cup and Roger Federer's futile butting of his head against the French Open dominating Spaniard with his windshield wiper extreme Western forehand and its resultant moonballs to the backhand of the silky Swiss maestro who is losing his race with Father Time—it's proving an exceedingly difficult task to formulate any manner of coherent analysis of the worthwhile thoughts of this olive eyed dreadlocked panda and his worries about the wiki izing and networked flatness of the globalized world

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In You are Not a Gadget digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening personal interaction stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as peopleSomething went wrong around the start of the twenty first century The crowd was wise Social networks replaced individual creativity There were places to express ourselves than ever before yet no one really had anything to sayDoes this have to be our future?Showing us the way to a future where individuals mean than machines this is a searing manifesto ag This book is all jism and dope smoke Jaron Lanier is really really bothered by a laundry list of standard arch conservative nemeses Marxism today's kids filesharing the breakdown of the social contract foreigners stealing our jobs as well as a basket of useful yet imperfect modern technologies Wikipedia Blogs MIDI Linux He is aware of a sinister cabal of cybernetic totalists who are hard at work on a machine to xerox his brain and force him to use Facebook to meet girls But they'll never win because humans are special as PROVEN by the magical fact that Jaron Lanier cannot describe what makes humans special Meanwhile the Internet is full of trolls nobody speaks HTML any and Jaron can't make a living as a musician Clearly the Digital End Times are at hand He wants to lay the blame on a digital culture that's too standardized and too free; on the evils of open source software and democratic communicationWell he had his chance to do that and he flubbed it Jaron Lanier cannot construct a convincing argument; only about half the time can he even link two paragraphs He contradicts himself whenever it is convenient to do so He regularly starts a section with the assertion of a Great Digital Evil the record industry is dying bloggers don't spell check then insinuates a link to his vague overarching thesis When he does try to convince a skeptical reader of the connection he usually fails; often he just mutters Clearly there is a connection I guess he's trying to win over the reader with the depth and emotional sincerity of his whining plea for sanity I feel bad for whoever buys itThen he spends the last uarter of the book trying to convince us that whatever random projects he's been working on lately are intimately connected with his desire to save the world from the Great Digital Evil he has not uite described Apparently people need to be like suids while remaining uniuely special humans of course Also financial contracts should be written in LISP And pop songs should live in coffee mugs so they can't be downloaded I kid you notJaron I many other computer nerds over forty have lived through a bona fide computer revolution over the last two decades But Jaron's memory of the facts is somewhat different than mine He's good at spinning sad scary yarns about the evolution of the Internet of paradises promised and lost but he's regularly full of shit I won't call it lying because I'm sure it's true to him but the real history is out there and can be looked up This book has ten pages of index but cites NO REFERENCES I would love to see it ruthlessly fact checked but apparently Allen Lane Publishing a Penguin imprint is too hobbled by the impending sad scary obsolescence of literature to employ a fact checker Or maybe they just figured the book wouldn't survive the processI still think there's something creepy out there I still think the internet doesn't smell as rosy as it used to and I still think Facebook is a big fat waste of time both human and computational I think the ways software can control its users are important to recognize and beware of But this book is just a paranoid incoherent neoliberal bitchfest with digital pretensions from Jaron Lanier of all people UPDATE Jaron collected his thoughts found a real editor and wrote a much better book Read that one instead

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PDF Ó BOOK You Are Not a Gadget A Manifesto FREE ï In You are Not a Gadget digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening personal interaction stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as peopleSomething went wrong around the start of the twenty first century The crowd was wise The transformative power of modern technology to its limits From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' and creating the world's first immersive avatars to developing cutting edge medical imaging and surgical techniues Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work todayA musician with a collection of over 700 instruments he has been recognised by Encyclopedia Britannica but certainly not Wikipedia as one of history's greatest inventors and named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy I had decided to give this four stars but then I read the other Goodreads reviewsEveryone I could see was giving it five or one based on whether or not they agreed My personal favourite review was one where the reviewer hadn't read the book at all but had read a New York Times review of the book and reviewed the book based on that alone I don't know if the author would find that hilarious or horrifying as it both validates his entire thesis and goes against everything the book hopes to inspireSo I don't agree with everything but I agree with the base underlying idea we humans and our internet are both far complicated interesting and vast than the current trend of web applications can hope to contain and it does us a great disservice to lower ourselves to the level of database entriesMy uestion as my friend Craig knows is always then how do we fix it? I need to think on that I had a lot of these ideas before but never had them worded uite so clearlyand it seems it's time to think on it all again Because if we the technopriests to borrow our 1995 terminology can't be bothered to lead the flock to a better world then we deserve the world we get and are getting And that world kinda horrifies me to be honest