The Social Dilemma arrived on Netflix on September 9th but just who is Jaron Lanier, what’s he done in his career and what’s his net worth?

It’s a common belief that social media, rather than being a power for good in our modern society, is actually the main reason for many the ills we currently endure.

That belief is explored in detail in Netflix’s new documentary film, The Social Dilemma.

The fascinating film explores the effects of social media sites on individuals and society as a whole and employs the opinions of some of the industry’s key figures.

One of the longest-running critics of the internet, and in particular social media, is Jaron Lanier who takes on a prominent role as a contributor in The Social Dilemma documentary.

The Social Dilemma on Netflix

The Social Dilemma arrived on Netflix on September 9th, 2020.

The feature-length documentary explores the effects of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on our modern society.

Whether that’s through the collection of data, social media addiction or rising rates of mental health issues and political extremism.

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Who is Jaron Lanier?

Jaron Lanier is one of several contributors who appear in The Social Dilemma documentary.

The 60-year-old, who was born in New York on May 3rd, 1960, is widely regarded as one of the leading minds in the world of virtual reality and as well as being a computer scientist, is also a philosophic writer and music composer.

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Jaron Lanier’s work and net worth

Jaron Lanier’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

This apparent wealth has been accrued by Jaron Lanier over an almost 40-year career which began in the 1980s when he worked at Atari alongside the creator of the data glove, Thomas Zimmerman.

After Atari hit financial difficulties in the mid-80s thanks to the video game crash in 1983, Jaron left Atari to set up VPL Research with Thomas Zimmerman which beccame the first company to produce and sell VR goggles and gloves.

Lanier later went on to work on apps for Internet2 and became an Interdisciplinary Scientist at Microsoft in the late 2000s.

As well as working in the technology industry, Jaron Lanier has also composed several classical music albums using mostly unconventional instruments and is also a prominent writer whose work often looks to critique the world of social media and the internet.

The Social Dilemma is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on September 9th, 2020.

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