Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier has a new book, You Are Not a Gadget (NY Times review), which I have to add to my reading list and bump up a few notches. There is an excerpt from it in the February issue of Harper’s: “The Serfdom of Crowds.” He’s writing along the lines of some of what I have been blogging about here, but from the perspective of an early tech industry insider. Also, he is an amazingly writerly writer for someone with his background…

One comment on “Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget

  1. I was turned on to this book by a friend who is a professional photographer out in Oakland, CA and has mixed feelings about Web 2.0 as it impacts her profession. Currently reading a copy I checked out from my local branch library.

    I did have to chuckle a little at one of the jacket blurbs: “What happens when we stop shaping technology, and technology begins shaping us.”; Really? Neil Postman has been saying that for YEARS and Lanier is just now catching on…?
    Ah well, better late than never. Very insightful book so far, though; very much in the same vein of critical approaches to technology that Library Juice readers already know well.

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