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BOOKS ISSUE: 'The Circle' projects Bay Area technology culture into a dystopian near-future

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When a tech company gets too big: Dave Eggers' The Circle

The mysterious Kalden, a Mark Zuckerberg-like character who helped create The Circle, explains toward the end that he and others were motivated by a desire to apply technological fixes to any problems they saw, often just to see what could be done, without really thinking through the wider and longer term implications of what they were doing.

"I was trying to make the web more civil. I was trying to make it more elegant. I got rid of anonymity. I combined a thousand disparate elements into one unified system. But I didn't picture a world where Circle membership was mandatory, where all government and all life was channeled through one network," Kalden tells Mae.

We all want to be seen and counted, to be connected to something greater than ourselves, and to be protected from lurking evils in our world. The Circle reminds us to careful what we wish for, and it also offers an intriguing prescription for what ails us.

At the end of the novel, Kalden tries to enlist Mae's help is promoting "The Rights of Humans in a Digital Age," which range from "We must all have the right to anonymity" and "Not every human activity can be measured" down to the final line, written in red ink: "We must all have the right to disappear." *

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

You don't think it's odd that progressives support invasive government such as the Affordable Care Act with its you are alive tax and it's many mandates dictated and enforced by the government/IRS, and then turn around and complain about invasive government?

Facebook and the rest just farms your data out, it's quite easy to just give fake name and not buy anything on the net so your name can be left out of the whole operation.

The IRS is going to be up your ass if you don't file the proper forms and get the correct coverage for the you are alive tax.

It's very puzzling when progressives cite 1984/Orwell and such things as the book Harrison Bergeron, the author Richard Hofstadter and the like, while attempting at every turn to torment the masses with more laws.

The people who tried to ban JROTC because of its thought crimes are concerned about what you are thinking.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 10:08 am

As usual, Matlock, you're displaying your ignorance about progressives. We didn't support the ACA, we wanted single-payer or at least a public option rather than being forced to support the insurance industry. You also repeatedly demonstrate a lack of understanding of Hofstadter's work, misrepresenting it to make your political points. And it isn't "thought crimes" by the military that concern us, it is actual violence and empire. You always profess concerns about government control, but never corporate control, for reasons only you can know. But your obsession with me, the Guardian, and progressives is downright pathological, and you should really get some help with that. Happy holidays.

Posted by steven on Dec. 17, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

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