JARON LANIER IS ONE of the leading philosophers of the digital age, as well as a computer scientist and avant-garde composer. His previous books include Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality , Who Owns the Future? , and the seminal You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto . His latest book bears a self-explanatory title: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now . We first met while performing on stage together in San Francisco several years ago and developed a friendship. On August 14, he sat down with me to talk about the perils of social media and the promise of better things to come.