Blog Post #8

‘”It’s not that I’m not social. I’m social enough. But the tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you’re purveying. It improves nothing. It’s not nourishing. It’s like snack food…endless empty calories, but the digital-social equivalent” (134).

In the novel “The Circle” by Dave Eggers characters are required to be social while working at the circle. Mae feels that she is being forced to be social in a very unnatural manner. Social barriers are definitely being over stepped throughout the novel. For example, when Jared instructs Mae to go to the clinic. While at the clinic Mae had to ingest a sensor that would monitor her health, sending important information to her wrist monitor and to the cloud for full tracking. There is no real need for someone’s job to know moment-to-moment health of its employees. This is a clear overstep in privacy. Mae is forced to participate in activities associated with the circle. Dan approaches Mae questioning her social involvement at the Circle. He offers various activities for her to be involvement. He goes to the point of making Mae feel like an awful person for not sharing her experiences online in order to benefit other people. He says she is a selfish person for it. I think in the Circle everyone seems to be way too involved in everyone’s life. Also, the technology the Circle comes up with intensifies people’s contact with others’ in a very unnatural way. People do not need to be that involved in other’s lives.   At the end of the day none of this extreme contact benefits anyone. Sometimes it is better not to know every detail about a person.   Digital- social does not allow for people to develop real relationships, it is full of empty meaningless relationships


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