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February 20th 2014 3:44 pm

The Circle: A FaceGoogApplinian story

Spoiler alert: This discussion is centered on Dave Eggers' "The Circle." If you haven't read it yet or are planning to read it, you might want to stay away from this discussion and avoid following it.

The Circle by Dave Eggers: https:­/­/www.goodreads.com­/book­/show­/18302455­-the­-c...

Description: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Late last year, I read The Circle. While I ultimately gave the story 3 stars (out of 5), I found it to be an interesting commentary on how pernitious social media and technology companies have become.

That said, I didn't agree with everything and I often felt that Eggers' story was based on his own personal critique of the way that Apple / Google / Facebook conduct business and the culture they foster within their workplaces. (Interestingly enough, I found some uncanny resemblences of all three companies within the halls of The Circle's campus.)

Anyway, have you given it a read yet? I thought it was pretty interesting for those of us who are interested in technology and some of the finer (albeit more ridiculous) details of Silicon Valley.

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Though I haven't read it yet, it does look pretty interesting. I've just purchased it on Audible. :D
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