Today I want to add a new section to my blog. As I’ve been writing about what I saw or heard for the last – well – years actually, I thought it’s time to add a section about what I’ve been reading. I’m talking about books of corse not all the magazine articles, Tweets and Facebook posts I’m reading, even though that could be funny as well. But I reckon you’ve got more from hearing about books I liked; then you can read and enjoy them yourselves.
The most recent book I finished reading is “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. I wanted to read it for a while, because I heard people talking about it and that it’s the new “1984” and a good read. And now I’ve read it I’ve got to say it is in a way a similar story to the dystopian novel by George Orwell, just in the even more modern world and with a bit less necessary imagination.
Here’s the blurb so that you get an idea of what it is about:
“The Circle runs everything – all your internet activity in one easy, safe and visible place. No wonder it is now the world’s most powerful and influential company. So when Mae Holland lands a job at its glittering California campus,
she knows she’s made it. But the more her ideals and ambitions become aligned with those of the Circle, the closer she comes to dicovering a sinister truth at the heart of an organization seeking to remake the world in its image…”
The book is definitely a good read. The story is well told and you want to know what’s really going on, because there’s always a secret to be found out about. And what I think is best about the book is, that it is upsetting and it makes you think. It makes you think about your own internet behaviours, the social networks, the power the companies who own them have and if that is right.
The story of the Circle is so near to the truth and yet so far away and it makes aware of the problems we might face in the future with all the knowledge we can get access to through the internet. And don’t get me wrong – I love the Internet, I love the Social Networks and I wouldn’t want a world without them. But I think we should be a bit more attentive of what you or others can do with it. And we should be aware, that there’s always a bad side to a good side. And I enjoyed that this book makes you aware of that again.
Have you read it? What are your thoughts on the topic? Leave a comment below, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!