Based in Vancouver, Canada, this is a blog by Michael Argast. My areas of interest include travel, economics, technology, the environment, personal development and other eclectic topics.

Review: The Circle (book)

About half-way through this book I started to cringe. Every painful social networking trope is laid bare, exposed raw through the experiences of the main character.

It brings to memory the classic comic that contrasts Orwell and Huxley - that what will destroy us in the end is not a controlling, pervasive state but our own egoism and fascination with the banal. 

The Circle is very readable - I finished the book cover to cover in a day and half (beach time) - and it lingers. Interestingly, I was interested in the movie before I read the book, but now that I've read the book I'm not certain I want to watch the movie. 

In a world fascinated with Instagram celebrities, fake news, filter bubbles, social status - this is a book worth reading.

If you liked the book, you'll probably like:

Black Mirror - Netflix, especially the episode called "Nosedive" from Season 3.

In Silicon Valley, Working 9 to 5 is for Losers - New York Times article by Dan Lyons

Withhold your expectations...

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