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7.13.2014

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle read like a 500 page homily from a myopic and opinionated priest. Eggers singular agenda is to tell us that using technology to create a transparent, open-information society is bad; very very bad. Oh, and about every 55 pages he includes a lite-porn scene to wake the reader up.

 So yeah, with that you probably get the general gist. But just to flesh it out a little more specifically, the chronology of the book goes something like this;

 > Mae Holland, a recent college grad, is exhuberant to get job at the Circle, a top-notch internet company links people's e-mails, social media, banking information into a singular identity, plus has ambitions to create a comprehensive surveillance society. Mae tries her dardnest to do well in her new position, and her parents are so proud.
> Whoops, The Circle is almost cult-like with its sophisticated social media platforms and Mae quickly becomes absorbed and obsessed. Her parents and neanderthal ex-boyfriend are concerned. A mysterious and attractive Circle employee, Kalden, pursues and occasionally fucks her.
> Woah, Mae totally goes overboard when she decides to become transparent, meaning that her every move and conversation can be viewed by anyone who follows her on social media. And that Kalden continues to remain mysterious and elusive!
 > As a result of her fierce allegiance to the surveillance ambitions of The Circle, Mae loses all meaningful contact with her best friend Annie and her parents, plus endures the tragic death of an ex-boyfriend. The mysterious Kalden warns her that with the Circle "we're on the verge of having another very hungry, very evil empire on our hands." (Eggers clearly has a penchant for writing children's fairly tales; "You see, Gretel" Hansel explains, "We have a very hungry, very evil witch on our hands.")
 > Mae's daily contact with 1 million + viewers, plus encouragement from the Circle's owner Bailey assures her that she's on the right track to assist the Circle in its ambition for total global transparency. 

It's beside the point whether I agree or disagree with Eggers message. This book is bad; very very bad on the grounds that Eggers uses WAY too many words to communicate a simple, unoriginal message, and its oh-so-painful to have someone scream his opinions down my ear.

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