Jennifer Recommends

thecircleIf you work in social media, or have an interest in the privacy issues raised by social media, this month’s recommendation is for you. I usually recommend non-fiction, but fiction can paint a thought-provoking picture that is hard to beat, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Dave Eggers is just the author to do it.

Set in the not-too-distant future, The Circle portrays the life of a new hire at a company whose superior products have annihilated Google, Facebook, Twitter, and several subsequent companies. The Circle now dominates all social media and has an astounding amount of data on nearly everyone. The novel quickly becomes a thriller of sorts, as we follow Meg on her increasingly troubled journey into a world in which privacy is a dirty word.

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