You’re on Mute is probably the funniest book ever written about the bane of 2020, Zoom. It includes sections on work meetings, family gatherings, dating and job interviews. The book doesn’t tell you which button to push to unmute yourself. Instead, it focuses on the etiquette of video meetings. Jeffrey Toobin would still have his job, instead of #MeToobin as his legacy, if he had read this book!
I, personally, spend approximately half my work day using Zoom. I admit that I rarely turn on video for me, as the host, or anyone else. It just seems cruel to do that in a state where hair salons and barbershops have been intermittently closed since March. So I’m not a candidate for Zoom-scaping my background. Though if I did, I think I would go for sitting in front of a window so I look “taken into witness protection and can’t have their identity revealed“.
After being forced into attending four hours of classes on Zoom by my boss, I was curious how much I could learn within this book. There were several new ideas. I had never heard of virtual pub quizzes or Netflix Party before. With 101 tips, everyone is sure to find new ideas. 4 stars!
Thanks to Ivy Press, Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.