Apr 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
The Circle is a novel of ideas about privacy, the increasing corporate ownership of our personal data and the potential effects such ownership could have on democracy. The novel describes a fictional social media corporation (some combination of Google, Facebook and Twitter). We follow Maebelline (called Mae) as she joins the company and rises through the irs ranks. She is Everygirl who was stuck in a deadend job before being rescued with a dream job offer through a former roommate , Annie. The Circle is run by a triumvirate, "the Three Wise Men": Ty, the visionary who invented TruYou from a desire for things to be simpler and more transparent; Eamon, the showman and public face; and Tom Stenton, the ruthless CEO who fights the company's battles. Serving under the Three Wise Men are members of the inner circle, "the Gang of Forty." The book abounds in symbols and provides an opportunity for the reader to make connections and ask questions about the kind of world we want to live in and what we lose when we lose privacy.