Actually, Lanier is an amazing intellectual thinker totally embedded in modern technology, and I recommend reading all of his books. He is a true Renaissance Man, one of the very few qho I believe deserve the designation of a polymath.
Oh, and if you were unaware of him, and saw him approaching you on a sidewalk, you'd likely cross to the other side of the street. Looks can be SO deceiving.
(And yes, I deleted my Twitter account after reading the book.)