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Eggers Book Satirizes Threat to Privacy

PRIVACY IN POP CULTURE

October 10, 2013

The Associated Press reviews Dave Eggers’ book The Circle, which satirizes the threat to personal privacy from technology giants. “Entertained at nightly campus events by famous musicians and artists, fed by celebrity chefs and bombarded by swag, employees of the Circle corporation are expected to bask in their mutual privilege through constant oversharing in the company’s thriving social networks,” the report states. The book’s protagonist, through incentives, begins living a fully transparent life online, delivering Eggers’ message that “too many of us flock to the Internet all too willing to abandon any sense of privacy around both our personal information and our inner lives.” The New York Times wonders if the novel will change the way we use technology.
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