Has anyone out there read the book – “The Circle” by Dave Eggers?
I read this book after I had decided to sign up for COETAIL – a few months ago, but I can assure you the path the protagonist takes led me to wonder about my decision. Would I become a Mae Holland? Tied to tweets, connected to 6 screens and to no one at the same time? Falling asleep clutching my smartphone?
Reading through an interview with the author a particular line seemed lay hanging in my mind – granted it was the last sentence I read….
“But in general, I tried to write a book that wasn’t so much about the technology itself, but more about its implications for our sense of humanity and balance.” Dave Eggers, from www.mcsweeneys.net
Connecting through some of the early readings and through many of the posts of fellow COETAILers; balance, seems to be an incredibly important element to our use of technology. In fact our school is in the midst of speaking about a balanced online presence in our Advisory program.
This “balance” is promoted through our tech integrator’s initiatives. Paradoxically, I find myself wondering about the need of a “humanity” integrator?
Perhaps too much?
The dystopian world that Dave Eggers pictures is probably not that far off, if not already here.
Two very interesting concepts from the book that I also keep returning too are these totems of “The Circle” – SECRETS ARE LIES and PRIVACY IS THEFT.
Anyone have any thoughts about these statements? I find every time I read them I need to re – read them to have them sink in.