Daily Archives: February 14, 2010

Review: "You Are not a Gadget"

“All the unemployed writers, broke musicians and worried filmmakers who see their professional horizons melting into the ether of cyberspace — in addition to the lowly cephalopod, which I’ll explain later — will be cheered by Jaron Lanier’s latest curmudgeonly screed. In You Are Not a Gadget, the virtual-reality pioneer champions the role of the artist as Promethean individual in the face of the rise of mob mentality. It’s a bracing dose of economic realism and Randian philosophy for all those techno utopianists with their heads in the cloud. But Lanier also comes across as an I-was-there-first elitist reacting out of cranky grudge as much as sound reasoning.” Read the full review in The Miami Herald.

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