After reading the novel I think back to the character Mae. We know companies that are similar to the Circle but of course not as drastic. These companies always employ young adults and it makes sense that Mae was chosen. Being so young the company is able to mold you into anything they want. Mae, being so young, was basically fully immersed in this brand new life which allowed her the opportunity that people work there whole life for. They are able to show her all these new gadgets, help her parents through the company insurance, and feed into the idea of being the center of attention.
As Mae continues on we see her opinion of the Circle changing. At first she is reluctant about being in a lifestyle where her every move needs to be put out on the internet. Eventually she goes so far as to have her every waking move being watched by anyone with access to the internet. It’s interesting to see how she loses her own idea and become “transparent.” Mae is described as the face of the Circle eventually and her life is only about this new life.
At the end of the novel I definitely felt like I disliked Mae because she allowed herself to pretty much be a product of the Circle.
“Privacy is theft”
If we keep an idea to ourselves is it really theft? To say theft means that there must have been ownership to an idea. I don’t think that any idea can be owned by any one person but there are limits to these things. I don’t feel it necessary to express every waking moment in hopes for likes or comments. I believe that if I need to keep any single thought to myself that it isn’t theft.
Let us look at it from any other direction. A scientist has discovered the cure for cancer and decides to keep that information to himself. He then decides to sell this information to any one country for the highest bid. He is pretty much robbing the world of a cure.
There is definitely a fine line to what we should be sharing and not. Currently I don’t think people know what should be shared and what not so they decided that nothing should ever be kept private. Maybe we need to start teaching privacy and what should and should not be shared. There is nothing wrong with keeping private but to have knowledge that would benefit everyone and not share it might be theft.
Overall this may bring up a different question for the future. Will keeping an idea private ever become illegal?
There were multiple connections I made as I read through the circle that were kind of creepy.
The first one occurred when the class mentioned that this company, which is trying to connect the world, is cult-like. This brought to mind Apple and the “Cult of Apple.” It was brought up a few years that the part of the brain used during religious acts is also used when Apple enthusiast attend grand openings or see Apple ads. This brings to mind that Apple performs like a cult similar to how people feel about The Circle. The name of the novel itself made me think of Apple’s soon to be second campus which is actually I. The form of a huge circle.
This sounds crazy as I’m writing this but another connection I pulled from the book is when Mae heard the idea of a tracker which was at designed to be implanted under the skin and research was done to implant it into the brain. In the book the purpose of this device was to keep track of lost children which I’m sure we would all agree is a great idea but what happens when it gets pushed for an older crowd. Realistically this device would take years to get approved but for now we have RFID chips. These little devices, the size of a grain of rice, are currently will soon be added to products such as packages of foods and anything with an expiration date. The purpose of this is to confirm that products are hitting the shelves before they expire.
As we continue to discuss the book we are continually finding connections between this creepy “dystopian” universe to the world we live in right now.
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