Thoughts on: “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Accounts Right Now” by Jaron Lanier

Social media companies needs us to keep returning to them and to make this happen they collect data about us. That data is used to give us more of what engages us the most and in that way creating wealth for the platforms.

The problem is that what engages us most are content that evokes fear, anxiety and outrage. And that’s what we get!


📝 BUMMER Platforms: Service like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are “driven by a business model in which the incentive is to find customers ready to pay to modify someone else’s behavior.”.

📝 A key point to remind yourself about: For services like a Facebook, we are the product, not the customer.

📝 We talk to our BUMMER connected products like they where humans, but it works even better if we do it in a way that makes you behave more like machines. (I.e. me interacting with my Google Assistant 😂)

📝 Podcasts are still not BUMMER. They are made by real people that are known to the listener. They are build on a sense of personality and context. It’s also harder for the listener to jump from one audio snippet to the next.


⚖️ VERDICT:

This short book only scratched the surfaces of the problematical issues social media brings to the table but does so in a good way!


If you want to get more depth with social media, clickbaiting and algorithms then read these books:

📖 Trust me I’m lying – Ryan Holiday.

Media manipulation and Fake news.

📖 21 Lessons for the 21st century- Y. Harari

How to live in a society of algorithms.

📖 The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains – Nicholas Carr

How the internet is changing the way our brains works.

📖 So you’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson

Social media and the renaissance of public shaming.


What book would you add to the list above? 🤔


3/5

Thoughts on: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport

A friend mentioned that this book might be of interest to me in a discussion we had about one of my favorite books this year; “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr.

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While Carrs book is centered around why distractions are bad for us and the science behind it, Cal Newport focuses more on the importance of deep, focused work and on providing practical advice on how to achieve as much of it as humanly possible.

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He argues that the fact that everyone is getting more and more distracted creates a personal and financial opportunity for the people that resist this trend by prioritizing depth. If that’s not reason enough to put effort into deep work, he also points towards evidence that deep work is a proven way towards a fulfilling life.

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📝When you lose focus the mind tends to fixate on what is wrong with your life instead of what’s right. A workday driven from the shallow, from a neurological viewpoint, is likely to be a upsetting and draining day.

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📝 The principle of Least Resistance:

In a business setting, without clear feedback on certain behaviors impact on the bottom line, we will tend towards behaviors that are easiest in the moment.

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📝Flow > Relaxing. Most people get this wrong. Work is easier to enjoy than free time.

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📝 Downtime aids insight. Shut down after work. No mental recitation of conversations, no planning and scheming about the next work day. No late night email checks.

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My recommendation to you is to put “The Shallows” and “Deep Work” on top of the stack of books to read this summer. For me, these have been the most impactful reads this year so far.

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How do you promote deep work in your life?

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5/5

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