Dave Eggers’s The Circle : A Social Media Dystopia

Christ and Pop Culture | 2/24/2017 | Chad Ashby
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What would the world be like if everyone wore Fitbits and felt a throbbing compulsion to overshare? What if privacy was theft—and no conversation or experience was off limits to the public? What if corporations were leveraging the massive amount of data collected about our personal interests, our families—our health—in some kind of global conspiracy?

The true light is not The Circle, but a place of confession of sin, repentance, belief, and true fellowship with God and one another.We don’t really have to ask “what if?”—this is the world we live in (well, maybe not the global conspiracy bit—but who really knows?). These unsettling questions will be raised in The Circle, due out this April starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. Like many movies these days, the flick is based on a book, a Dave Eggers novel in this case. Published in 2013, the book’s premise has become even more real than when I first picked up a paperback cover several summers ago.

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Could social media and tech giants really prove the undoing of society as we know it? Could they prove the undoing of the individual?

When it comes to dystopian novels, George Orwell’s 1984 has been the standard for over half a century. It is no surprise that David Eggers’s The Circle feels like an unashamed update of that foreboding work. In fact, Eggers has woven intentional homages throughout. The story is told from the perspective of Mae, a newly hired employee at The Circle (think Google, Apple, and Facebook rolled into one). The Circle is a blur of social media smiles and frowns (likes and dislikes) and constant a barrage of screens. Refusing to be flustered, Mae quickly adapts to the fast-paced culture and becomes determined to excel. As the story progresses, Mae faces difficult choices, each threatening...
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