It’s long been said, that technology will take over the world. Some also say that social media is too much of an invasion of privacy and choose to stay away from it. The Circle offers the reader a glimpse into a world truly ruled by social media. Where all of the pros cons of this world are laid bare for the reader to see and interpret. Perhaps even cause the reader to reflect on their own use of social media and what effect it has on their lives.
The Circle, takes the reader on a journey through the life of a young lady by the name of Mae Holland. Young Mae had just recently joined the ranks of Circle, one of the world’s most influential companies. She has achieved this post with the help of her close Annie. Who herself is, doing quite well in the company. The Circle’s three founders are referred to as the “Wise Men”, and the company operates on an all-encompassing approach to social media. The company provides a service which combines multiple digital facets of your life into one account. These facets include social media, banking, and your personal email account to name a few. This single all-purpose online profile is referred to as the “TruYou” and is the reason massive success the company has had.
The success of the Circle has also brought with it, the beginning of new era of “transparency” within the world. There are cameras which monitor everyone’s movements, and technology which monitors even your biological activity throughout the day. This era has even brought changes to how the government functions, where even their movements have also become transparent. Yes I know, it’s something I also wish could occur during out world’s affairs right now. Aside from this, young Mae is in the process of settling into her new workplace, becoming familiar with all the facilities it has to offer its employees. Mae is put to work to within the company’s customer-experience department. As May traverses through her department, the reader the greeted with a vivid depiction of what life would be like within a “transparent” society. Not only from the perspective of those for and against but also of those who both enjoy and also suffer from the effect of the program on society.
Mae is expected to maintain a very high standard at her job, and although she performs very well and rises in rank fairly quickly. She very quickly comes to understand, the true extent of the job’s requirements. Mae travels to visit her parents, where she learns about circumstances of her ill father’s health. After receiving the details of the new, she goes out kayaking, to clear her mind. She truly enjoys the time she spent on the water, but this is cut short as her company becomes aware of her activity. Mae’s vacation was planned without her keeping in touch with the Circle about her current whereabouts. This is in violation of the company’s standard of transparency and she is punished as a result.
As she suffers from the consequences of her actions, Mae takes on the position of being the model example of a transparent employee of Circle. She is warned by many around her, including her love interest about the dangers of becoming fully transparent. Despite these warnings, Mae continues down the path of increasing transparency, gaining fame in the process. The lack of privacy begin to take its toll on Mae and the true reality of becoming completely transparent, are on vivid display for the reader.
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