Week 11- Literature, Social Media and Privacy – The Circle, cont.

Blog Prompt

For your blog post this week, pick one of the following quotes from the novel.  Develop an argument to explain its context in the novel and the relevance it has with one or more of the issues mentioned in last week’s blog post:

4.  ‘”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).

5.   “The total number of stats she was tracking was only 41.  There was her aggregate customer service score, which was 97.  There was her last score, which was 99.  There was the average of her pod, which was at 96.  There was the number of queries handled that day thus far, 221, and the number of queries handled by that time yesterday, 219…” (194).

6. ‘”Meanwhile,” Stenton said, “there’s another area of public life where we want and expect transparency, and that’s democracy.  We’re lucky to have been born and raised in a democracy, but one that is always undergoing improvements”‘ (207).


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