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Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison

Think Before You Like

Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison
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Nov 14, 2017 | 380 Pages
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Praise

“A subject that affects virtually all of us. . . . Harrison shows how we can use [social media] more wisely to minimize the drawbacks and threats.”
Bustle

“We all deserve to live in a social media environment that is responsive, responsible, and humane. So if you’re looking for helpful insights on how to evaluate the health of your own social media habits, how to maintain your privacy in a world of ubiquitous commercial surveillance, how to strengthen good thinking habits in an always-on context, and how to effectively contribute to creating the humane media system we all need, you must read this book.”

Lynn Schofield Clark, professor, University of Denver; author, The Parent App; and coauthor, Young People and the Future of News 

“[A] skillfully written and researched survey…. [This] book addresses timely topics, such as avoiding information ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news.’ It also contains a well-designed chart for objectively measuring time devoted to social media and cogent advice about healthy use and warning signs. Perhaps the strongest sections are discussions of the importance of critical thinking, ‘standard weak points’ to be aware of in news reports, and five steps to ‘think like a scientist.’ Harrison manages to be firm without being a fearmonger.”

Publishers Weekly

“Guy P. Harrison has become an essential guide to the human mind and a champion of science, reason, and critical thinking. In this new book, the celebrated author of Think and Good Thinking applies his signature wit, insight, and good nature as he tackles the Internet and social media, two omnipresent beasts that he shows us how to tame. From fake news to privacy and filter bubbles, Harrison leaves no stone unturned, and he delivers another brilliant and vitally important book.”
 
Julien Musolino, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Rutgers University, and author of The Soul Fallacy

“Harrison looks at what social media is doing to us as individuals, to our culture, and to our lives. Sometimes the results are ugly: addictions float to the surface; we live in self-imposed bubbles of groupthink; and we have difficulty separating real from unreal. But the Internet also allows for love, creativity, and endless communication. Harrison wisely notes that this whiz-bang technology is going to be messy, because it’s at root a deeply communal human creation. Humans made it, humans are constantly remaking it, and the results are going to be chaotic—which might be a good thing. Instead of imagining a utopia just beyond the next Silicon Valley ‘disruption,’ we might be better off realizing that the Internet, like life, does not tend toward overarching ideals. Harrison keeps us planted on the ground even as he investigates the electrical ephemera surrounding, enriching, and sometimes destroying us.”
 
Eric Geissinger, author of Virtual Billions and the forthcoming Gamer Nation
 
Think Before You Like reveals social media as a ‘vast playground’ of shallow ties, rampant untruths, and endless trivia. But with Harrison’s help, we can create more tolerant, truth-abiding, and thoughtful lives—on- and off-line.” 
 
Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted 

“Harrison combines outstanding and comprehensive research with engaging, colorful, and entertaining writing. His spot-on book raises and addresses important issues on how we are both victims and beneficiaries of a wired world. Readers should heed his call to pay attention to and think about social media’s role in society and in their lives. This is a fascinating treatment of an important subject.”

Larry Atkins, author of Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias

“Deeply researched and always engaging, Think Before You Like is a fascinating exploration of online social networks. If you are on social media, don’t hesitate; read this book now!”
 
Adam Alter, associate professor of marketing and psychology at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

PRAISE FOR GOOD THINKING:

“Harrison delivers a highly entertaining and extremely readable manifesto for using logic and reason for good thinking and a life better-lived.”
San Francisco Book Review 

PRAISE FOR THINK:

“Terrific, useful, well-written, and just plain entertaining. …Think is a book that should be on every skeptic’s bookshelf, and, more importantly, the bookshelf of anyone who is not yet convinced that science is the best way to know.”
Skeptical Inquirer

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