You Are Not A Gadget (2010)
You Are Not a Gadget (2010)
3.47 of 5 Votes: 4
0307269647 (ISBN13: 9780307269645)
Alfred A. Knopf
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Jaron Lanier's You are not a gadget is his take on technology and web 2.0. Several themes go through the book among these are: loss of humanity through the rise of computing, loss of creativity through lock-in - the effect of a bad design that has become too ingrained, the economic imbalance in the tech world and some other minor themes.You cannot get past that Lanier has some interesting thoughts. Some I do agree with and some I think Lanier exaggerates and never really argues for completely. The book started really well though and was very well formulated but it did not take long before the red thread was lost and Lanier shifting between themes. At one point in chapter 2 he refers to chapter 14! As I got along in the book it seemed to be less about the humanistic point of view and instead just a random collection of thoughts.Lanier's use of language is often too formulaic as well and the language is more complicated than it has to be. The format of the book is really confusing as well and on a single page I counted 3 different fonts in 5 different font sizes!I really wanted to like this book as the premise is interesting but apart from maybe the first 4 chapters it is really not worth reading. This book takes one out of their comfort zones, if there is a box, you are shown to think outside it, what you believe you begin to disbelieve as you turn the pages of this book. It's a difficult one to finish, as it plunges you into near unfathomable thinking about our relationship with technology and the very fine line we should tread to make it all beneficial to our existence. Persevere and you will find pages that leave you open mouthed, get through it and you will understand the dangers that are occurring which could strangle the development and growth of human creativity for generations to come. Personally, it's a book for everyone to evaluate how their lives function with technology and how we can eradicate the bad uses and harness the good. Stella Read, Highly Recommend.
*the ineffable sound of my entire being repeatedly smashed against a desk*
A healthy check on my rampant optimism.
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