Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

The story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, woke up to the serious damage Facebook was doing to our society and set out to try to stop it. If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with The story of how a noted tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his company, wok...

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Title:Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Author:Roger McNamee
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525561358
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe Reviews

  • Amar Pai
    May 03, 2019
    If you want to kick off Facebook without being all dramatic about it, do what Raphey recommends-- unfollow EVERYONE. I did this and now I never check Facebook cos there are no updates to see! You have to do it manually-- they don't allow you to unfollow in bulk, because they don't want...
  • Paula
    Apr 24, 2019
    Be scared. Be very VERY scared about what Facebook (and Google and Amazon, et al.) are doing to our democracy - and our brains and how we are living our lives in general. This is one of THE scariest - and most historically important - books I've read in the last decade. I believe this ...
  • Mehrsa
    Feb 13, 2019
    Fascinating account from an insider on facebook. A few points I took away after reading this: 1. Facebook responds to every problem with a tech fix. The world is bugs to be fixed to "Zuck." 2. Facebook will sacrifice everything for increased growth and connection 3. Facebook ...
  • Julie Suzanne
    Jul 28, 2019
    Abandoned the book at 10%. I don?t know that I have ever been so bored reading anything ever. So much talk about portfolios, investments, funds, his career path, technology and engineering jargon that I didn?t understand, etc. I?m curious about his Consumer action plan, but I?m...
  • Adriana
    Feb 21, 2019
    The bad: repetitive, change in tone goes from casual friend to distant tech billionaire investor, and some dings to his credibility. While McNamee comes clean about his connections, decisions and involvements without trying to ''pick a side'' per se, at the end of the day it can be har...
  • Lynn
    Apr 03, 2019
    An interesting book about the problems Facebook, Twitter and Google have created and how the government really needs to regulate them now. They have become so huge, that they can control the internet and buy up start ups that attempt to compete with them. Facebook owns Instagram and Wh...
  • Gayle Fleming
    Feb 28, 2019
    I know. I know. You have nothing to hide so you don't care if your personal data is collected. The benefits you believe you derive from the big three internet platforms?Facebook, Google and Amazon far outweigh the information they collect about you. Well, dream on sucker. Seriously. ...
  • Morgan Blackledge
    Apr 20, 2019
    Oh man I?m so cranky right now. I should not be writing while I?m in this mood. But Zucked has me all worked up. So here goes..... I hate Facebook. I super fucking hate it. But I used to love it back when it first started. It was so AWESOME to reconnect with ...
  • Nancy
    Dec 21, 2018
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. More proof of the damage happening via Facebook. Of course I am posting a review of a book about the dangers of social networks on a social network site. Anyway I can hope more of this information gets out in the world. ...
  • Daniel
    Apr 03, 2019
    McNamee is a successful investor who pioneered tech funds, plays in a successful band, and used to mentor Mark Zuckerberg. He described himself as a tech optimist turned activists. He introduced Sheryl to Mark for the COO job. This book and his activity started because he was concerned...
  • Sabra
    Feb 25, 2019
    Good, but wordy. I wanted to aggressively edit all the instances when the author would restate a concept. Different words, same idea, over and over and over ...
  • Jeffrey Powanda
    Feb 21, 2019
    Good book for Facebook haters like me, but I'm not optimistic about McNamee's proposed solutions (aggressive antitrust action and government regulation). In fact, I'm surprised McNamee, a multimillionaire Silicon Valley investor with elite friends, didn't simply fund a new social netwo...
  • Jack
    Mar 10, 2019
    Some good some bad If the author could have focused on Facebook and google I would have given him a 5 but his politics were obvious throughout the book. It?s unfortunate that everything devolves into bashing those with whom you disagree. It tainted the book ...
  • Robin
    Mar 05, 2019
    Could have been edited down to half its length, but still a worthwhile read due to the author's strange position as both tech investor and music-loving hippie. For example, who knew Nancy Pelosi took impromptu meetings backstage at Grateful Dead concerts? Also, delete Facebook. ...
  • Gary Singh
    Jan 26, 2019
    Here is the cover story I wrote about Zucked in Metro Silicon Valley: http://www.metroactive.com/features/Z... Contains an introduction and interview with the author. ...
  • Michael Perkins
    Jan 31, 2019
    Brand new TED talk (4/16/19) from the journalist who uncovered the Cambridge Analytica connection to FB. Both the British Trumpkins AND Facebook sued the journalists to try stop the truth coming out. FB is not neutral. It's a publisher that profits off of evil. https://www.ted.com/t...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 21, 2019
    Facebook and social media is something unprecedented in business and ordinary life. Namely, it is the melding of the two. People use platforms like Facebook to connect with people in our social circles both intimate and mere acquaintances. This is no mere billboard for social interacti...
  • Steve Peifer
    Feb 25, 2019
    There are some good things in this book. I really didn?t understand filter bubbles before, and it was revelatory. The author is clearly smart, and he seems to be the Forest Gump of technology; his fingerprints can be found all over. Facebook is the result of the marriage of naivet...
  • Juarez  Poletto Jr.
    Mar 11, 2019
    Important message but terrible delivery! I had two major problems with this book, first, it bored me to death, it compensates the lack of content and new facts to the story by repeating itself over and over. The second one, which made me abandon the book on epilogue, was that the...
  • Devogenes
    Apr 20, 2019
    Alright so there's a lot of important information about Facebook and the digital corporatocracy in this book and it is worth reading for that and I appreciate the author's attempt to alert people to the dangers of the big data industry and social media in particular (oh hai Goodreads)....
  • C. Patrick G. Erker
    May 12, 2019
    I bought a copy of this book ahead of an event with McNamee at the Commonwealth Club. As often happens, the book found its way to my bookshelf but not to my hands as soon as I would have liked. But I found the book available on Libby as an audiobook as read by the author, and with a fe...
  • Pamela N.
    Jan 29, 2019
    People have, at times, accused me of believing in conspiracies, or seeing patterns that do not exist, only to have the NY Times break a story, or an author publish an expose,' which inevitably explains more thoroughly what I had observed. Roger McNamee wrote the book that explains ...
  • Marie
    Feb 25, 2019
    "My trust in Facebook has been misplaced." "The algorithms choose posts calculated to press emotional buttons because scaring users or pissing them off increases time on site." "Facebook is the fourth most valuable company in America and its value stems from its mastery of survei...
  • Rhett Garber
    Feb 16, 2019
    An important message, but really repetitive. Too much filler material. ...
  • S
    Apr 06, 2019
    I had high hopes for this book, but I should have realized after hearing the author interviewed on a few podcasts that it would be a dud. On the podcasts the author is mostly self promoting, does a lot of name dropping, comes across as pompous and omniscient. And mostly the book is the...
  • Willip Chen
    Apr 12, 2019
    When you hear of someone who reasserts how Russia colluded, through a social media medium, to help Trump win the presidency you question everything else that comes from their 'research'. More baseless opinion that has already been debunked than anything nuance...don't waste your time w...
  • Jason Cihelka
    Mar 22, 2019
    It?s so exciting to see lots of authors exploring the topic of ?how social media is harming society?. Zucked gives a very in-depth look at Facebook (and other social media platforms), and how their business models depend on compromising our privacy and stealing our attention. It ...
  • Ciro
    Apr 28, 2019
    Old man yells at TV. Russians hacked democracy. We need regulation because people might read things that are bad. We also need free speech but we need it to be censored free speech because feelings could be hurt. ...
  • Chaz
    Mar 17, 2019
    I would recommend skipping/skimming the first two chapters... Chapter 1 is really mostly about the authors background of white privilege, comfort and wealth to explain why he is qualified to speak to the ills of Facebook. Chapter 2 is basically an explanation of how the Internet came t...
  • Lane Erickson
    Mar 04, 2019
    astounding amount of filler; most of the book reads like a plea from the author to be taken seriously, where this is not necessary. the content could have been condensed to 30-45 pages without losing anything. not much to think about, at least if you are already familiar with tech ...