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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
OPTIMAL: J.M. BERGER'S NEW DYSTOPIAN NOVEL
It's the world that Facebook built.
It's the world that Twitter built.
It's the world that Google built.
It's the world of Optimal...
The Algorithm Wars have ended, and the world has been optimized. Thanks to the System, everything that happens is recorded, liked, commented, shared and analyzed at scale in order to produce nonstop and ever-improving recommendations about what kind of job you should have, what kind of food you might enjoy, what kind of music you might like, what kind of exercise you need, and what kind of person you might want to sleep with.
It is a world of total information and total freedom… although things tend to go more smoothly when you follow the System’s recommendations.
From author J.M. Berger, an expert on the toxic real-world effects of a globally networked society, comes a unique dystopian vision of a total information society built by Silicon Valley, where today’s trends have become tomorrow’s reality.
Buy the new book, Extremism, by J.M. Berger. Previous works include:
-- ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger
-- Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam
For more information, visit www.jmberger.com
THE YEAR OF LIVING UNCERTAINLYWhen no clear, authoritative source of truth exists, when uncertainty rages, human nature will lead many people to seek a more stable reality by wrapping themselves in an ever-tighter cloak of political, religious, or racial identities. The more uncertainty rises, the more alluring that siren call becomes. And some Americans are responding by seeking out exclusive, all-encompassing identities that are toxic and fragile—and hold the seed of violent extremism.
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"...a timely warning..."Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam:
"At a time when some politicians and pundits blur the line between Islam and terrorism, Berger, who knows this subject far better than the demagogues, sharply cautions against vilifying Muslim Americans. ... It is a timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective." -- New York Times
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