You are not a gadget a manifesto by jaron lanier 209 pages alfred a knopf $2495. You are not a gadget: a manifesto [jaron lanier] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a national bestseller a programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology.
Controversial and fascinating, you are not a gadget is a deeply felt defense of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture.
“for those who wish to read to think, and read to transform, you are not a gadget is a book to begin the 2010s it is raw, raucous and unexpected it is also a hell of a lot of fun” —times higher education “[lanier] confronts the big issues with bracing directness the reader sits up. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of jaron lanier’s “you are not a gadget” during the three chapters i felt in various ways, but mostly i sympathized with his points of views i consider myself somewhat intelligent i have a bachelors’ in computer science i have been a teacher in one of the best universities in my country and i made it to nyu.
You are not a gadget by jaron lanier (knopf $2495) in the nineteen-eighties, lanier belonged to what he calls a “merry band” of internet pioneers who believed that the digital revolution would mean a groundswell of creativity. You are not a gadget challenges many dominant ideologies and poses theoretical questions, the answers to which might start with one bright bulb, but depend on the friction of engaged parties in other words, lanier is acting like a computer scientist let's hope he is not alone. You are not a gadget is basically a collection of his internet columns and postings, bound, set into type, and called a manifesto over the years, lanier has become a skeptic of that amorphous thing called web 20.
Lanier's no luddite, but he's a passionate critic of web 20: not just facebook and twitter, with their distracting streams of unfiltered thoughts, but wikipedia, file sharing and citizen journalism too. You are not a gadget is the 21st century's amusing ourselves to death, shining a bright light on the dark side of web 20, open culture and the dehumanizing effects of technology for technology's sake.
You need time and dedication it’s not quantity, its quality that matters at the end, and how much of your self is put into what is being created on the false messiah advertizing it is a problem, no, not a problem it is inherent to capitalism and its constructs to want to have it everywhere. Jaron lanier's you are not a gadget has one of the more sobering prefaces to be found in recent books it's early in the twenty-first century, and that means that these words will mostly be read by nonpersons, it begins.