TERMS OF SERVICE
Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
A brilliant young literary and cultural critic joins the ranks of such stellar commentators as Evgeny Morozov and Nicholas Carr with this incisive commentary on social media culture and its impact on how we view ourselves, each other, and our world—an ambitious, perceptive, and illuminating manifesto that exposes the costs of our online connections.
Jacob Silverman calls for social media users to take back ownership of their digital lives from the Silicon Valley corporations who claim to know what’s best for them. Integrating politics, sociology, national security, pop culture, and technology, he explores the surprising conformity at the heart of Internet culture, explaining how social media companies engineer their products to encourage shallow engagement and discourage dissent, and reflects on the implications of the collapsed barriers between our private and public lives.
Illuminating the new era of social media as never before, Silverman brings into focus the inner conflict we feel when deciding what to share and what to “like,” and explains how we can take the steps we need to free ourselves.
Jacob Silverman is a freelance journalist and book critic in New York. His work appears in the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and many other publications. Jacob is also a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review, which in 2008 recognized him as one of the top literary critics under 30, and in summer 2010, he was awarded a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony.