The Psychology of Silicon Valley: Ethical Threats and Emotional Unintelligence in the Tech Industry 1st ed. 2020 Edition, Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07Z4LT5V8
- Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2020 edition (October 15, 2019)
- Publication date : October 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1007 KB
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- Print length : 322 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #8,696 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've taken a star off because (1) I try to give 5* reviews only to books that I'd happily read over again straight away (which tends to only be fiction that I've really enjoyed) and (2) I did have a difference of opinion with the author about something around the 50% mark.
She claims (as many others have) that the Brexit leave vote, like the US elections was VERY influenced by social media / Russians - blah blah.
This one irritates me as the media / academics keep talking to small samples of the population and coming to this conclusion.
Here's an alternative version. In my circle of around 30 friends / family (that I discussed Brexit with) 100% of over 50s voted to leave (the vast majority of this group). This was not because they were racist. It was not because they were persuaded by something on the side of a bus. It was not even because of social media - because most of us are not on any form of social media (or use it is sparingly and didn't see any of this supposed propaganda).
The reason for voting leave was that this age group remembers why we originally went into the "common market" and, over the past couple of decades, has become more and more disillusioned with what we were reading - mostly with regard to the expansion of a European super state and ever more red tape and interference. Many of us (myself included) decided that it would be in the UK's best interests to leave LONG before 2016.
This wasn't intended to be a rant about the rights and wrongs of voting leave....but the people who DID vote leave (the majority of the people that bothered to vote) are sick of being told by academics / the media WHY we voted.
My personal perception is that it LOOKS like social media was used to try and influence the US election. But the Brexit vote - I'm not convinced about. And we will never know unless we survey ALL the people that voted.
That aside, this is a well written book and, as someone who has worked in IT many years, I have been concerned about this for a while. To the point where I don't use social media, turn off geo location, use Adguard, use "fake" profiles and DOB on some sites - and only really pop my head over the parapet on a handful of sites, like Amazon. My electronic footprint is as teeny as I can make it...without denying myself the benefits of using the web.
Read it...and you'll be deleting your social media accounts within hours ;o))
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2020