"A provocative and sure-to-be-controversial book . . . Lucid, powerful and persuasive. It is necessary reading for anyone interested in how the Web and the software we use every day are reshaping culture and the marketplace."
--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"Important . . . At the bottom of Lanier's cyber-tinkering is a fundamentally humanist faith in technology, a belief that wisely designed machines can bring us closer together by expanding the possibilities of creative self-expression . . . His mind is a fascinating place to hang out."
--Ben Ehrenreich, "Los Angeles Times"
"Persuasive . . . [Lanier] is the first great apostate of the Internet era."
--David Wallace-Wells, "Newsweek"
"Thrilling and thought-provoking . . . A necessary corrective in the echo chamber of technology debates. "You Are Not a Gadget" challenges many dominant ideologies and poses theoretical questions, the answers to which might start with one bright bulb, but depend on the friction of engaged parties. In other words, Lanier is acting like a computer scientist. Let's hope he is not alone."
--John Freeman, "San Francisco Chronicle"
"A call for a more humanistic--to say nothing of humane--alternative future in which the individual is celebrated more than the crowd and the unique more than the homogenized . . . "You Are Not a Gadget" may be its own best argument for exalting the creativity of the individual over the collective efforts of the 'hive mind.' It's the work of a singular visionary, and offers a hopeful message: Resistance may not be futile after all."
--Rich Jaroslovsky, Bloomberg.com
"Provocative . . . [Lanier] confronts the big issues with bracing directness . . . The reader sits up. One of the insider's insiders of the computing world seems to have gone rogue."
--Sven Birkerts, "The Boston Globe"
"Sparky, thought-provoking . . . This is good knockabout stuff, and Lanier clearly enjoys rethinking received tshow more