“We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day? Young people are creating ever-present daylight, and I think it will burn us all alive. There will be no time to reflect, to sleep to cool.”
Mae thinks that she has hit the jackpot when she lands a job at the biggest social media company in the world, known as the Circle. The job comes with prestige, a new computer and cell-phone, access to all the information she could ever want, a sprawling complex of a campus complete with after-hours entertainment, and even an on-campus dorm building with rooms to sleep in. Mae doesn’t at first realize what she is giving up for her high-powered life at the company as slowly but surely she trades in her autonomy for the sake of visibility.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it made me ponder some big questions, such as, how much value is there in exposure? At what point do we sacrifice our individuality in an effort to be seen and heard? This book was published in 2013, but it is as timely as ever in analyzing our current relationship with technology and social media. It was an excellent book to read after Digital Minimalism, as the two both look at the value of our technology and the role it plays in our lives.
I think my take away from both of these books is this: Technology and social media is good if it is used in a way that provides true value to us. If it takes more than it gives–it really isn’t worth it.
Star Rating: 4/5