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Freeing Yourself From Social Media

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Jaron Lanier, one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures, wants to convince you to delete your social media accounts. He has ten arguments for why you should do that. One of them: Social media is turning us all into jerks.

RadioWest divider.

Jaron Lanier is a founding father of virtual reality, and he’s kind of a big deal in the tech world. So, it may come as a surprise to learn that he doesn’t use social media, one of Silicon Valley’s most important creations. He wants to convince you to quit social media, too. Advertisers and big corporations, he says, use Facebook and other platforms to manipulate you, to change your behavior, and you don’t even know it. He joins us to offer ten arguments for deleting your social media accounts.

Jaron Lanier is a scientist, a musician, and one of the founding fathers of the field of virtual reality. He's the author of several books. His newest is Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.