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You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto – Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

The current design and function of the web have become so familiar that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions made decades ago. The web’s first designers made crucial choices (such as making one’s presence anonymous) that have had enormous—and often unintended—consequences. What’s more, these designs quickly became “locked in,” a permanent part of the web’s very structure.

Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites

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by Jaron Lanier

Please read these Frequently Asked Questions
(I am updating them as I get feedback about the book, so please check in on them
from time to time.) 

Yet more questions: the book’s political
and economic arguments.

Yet more questions:  Jaron and
Microsoft (including archival materials)

Jaron’s on the TIME 100 list for 2010

Some links related to the book:

Written by Jaron:

NY Times oped on fanaticism in digital politics

Remembering Steve Jobs in Communications of the ACM

and transcript introducing the Local/Global Flip, on edge.org

In the New Statesman (UK),

memories of Silicon Valley

Recollections of 9/11 in an anthology
(note this was done shortly after the
attack, and my views have not remained fixed since then)

In The

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