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Freeing Yourself From Social Media

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Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier wants you to delete your social media accounts. He has ten arguments that make his case. One of them: Social media is turning us all into jerks. (Rebroadcast)

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Jaron Lanier is a founding father of virtual reality, so it may come as a surprise to learn that he doesn’t use social media. 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. Lanier is coming to Utah this weekend, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation about his ten arguments for deleting your social media accounts. (Rebroadcast)

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m., Jaron Lanier is speaking at the Eccles Center in Park City. He's a guest of Park City Institute, and you can get more information and tickets at parkcityinstitute.org

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 latest 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.
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