Jason Benlevi is the author of Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech (Contrarian Books, 2011). He is a longtime marketing and communications expert in the technology sector, having worked with companies including Apple, Microsoft, Sun, HP, Sony, Sega, and Cisco. But his book casts a skeptical light on some of the very work he had previously done, arguing that all the technological hype has become counterproductive — it sells us products we don’t need, destroys our privacy, exploits our real-world friends, and undermines our democracy.