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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

If You Can Quit Social Media, But Don’t, then You’re Part of the Problem

Jaron Lanier is a VR pioneer and longtime technology critic who currently works at Microsoft Research. He’s the author of a new book, 10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now and explains why those who have the opportunity to quit platforms like Facebook and Twitter should do so. He compares the problem to past crusades against “mass addictions” like smoking or drunk driving, arguing that hearing more voices from people who are outside of the addiction may be the most helpful way to turn the tide.

“You’re not doing anything to free those who are more trapped. You’re only enslaving them more by entrenching the system.”

I don’t agree with everything stated in the article by Eric Johnson but a lot of it seems to simply be common sense. You can read it for yourself at

Categories: Current Affairs

1 reply

  1. I took one look at social media and decided “no way.” I was appalled at the breach of privacy. I have never changed my mind.

    Over time I have been negatively impressed by the amount of angst people seem to have over these “friendships” and the sheer god awful boringness of it all. I live overseas and maintain my relationships with e-mail and Skype—the latter of which is being “improved” to death by Microsoft.


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