Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Circle is not a dystopia, it is an example of a world just like ours.

…You know how when you put new wood floors into your house—” “No, I don’t.” “Well, when you do, you first have to let them sit there for ten days, to get the wood acclimated. Then you do the installation.” … Continue reading

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Social media “prank” invades privacy

At one point today, we were talking about social media and surveillance, and someone brought up that people have a general awareness of the information they’ve made available and how it is used. Do they really, though? I’ve included a … Continue reading

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Fact or Science Fiction – Technology in The Circle

“TruYou—one account, one identity, one password, one payment system, per person. There were no more passwords, no multiple identities. Your devices knew who you were, and your one identity—the TruYou” (Eggers, 21). A large portion of the reason I found … Continue reading

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Embracing the Panopticon

“The tear was opening up inside her, a blackness overtaking her. She closed her eyes and heard underwater screams. Mae cursed the not-knowing, and knew she needed someone who could be known. Who could be located.”  Eggers, Dave. The Circle. New … Continue reading

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Is self-presentation always good?

Mae tried to explain what she meant to say, how she though, or some department of her brain though, that she would turn the phrase around a bit.. But it didn’t matter. He was laughing now, and he knew she … Continue reading

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A Hacker’s Utopia — The Circle as the Ultimate Standardized Protocol?

Galloway notes that the very nature of resistance has changed as a result of the protocological era. The enormous and far reaching success of technology—the totality of protocol standardization and strategic goal of openness—turn it into a force the Galloway … Continue reading

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[SPOILERS] Identity, or Lack Thereof, in the Circle (Blog 2)

“But then again, it wasn’t entirely accurate, so was that the problem? Having a matrix of preferences presented as your essence, as the whole you? Maybe that was it. It was some kind of mirror, but it was incomplete, distorted. … Continue reading

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