This translation includes the introduction and Chapter One of Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget. In this book excerpt, Lanier takes a critical look at modern technology, pointing out how the rise of the Internet has threatened individualism and creativity, as Internet services designed for anonymous crowds grant supremacy to a pack mentality over individual intelligence, and widespread availability of media creates a pop culture more characterized by nostalgia than innovation. More generally, Lanier argues, the entire meaning of being a person is changing. Lanier argues that critical values such as democracy and liberty are valuable because they honor individual rights and human dignity. Therefore, Lanier calls for a transformation of Internet culture into a new ethos where digital humanism prevails.