It seems perverse to write about this book online (I should really be zinging this) but how can it be avoided? The themes are obvious: privacy, morality, politics and the internet are a dangerous mix. Like a global cult, the ultimate social media tool, the “Circle” slowly takes over newbie Mae Holland’s life as she works her way up from “Customer Experience” and she is soon espousing beliefs that only days ago she questioned. This is a system which punishes non-participation and solitary experience in the guise of selfishness and the defence of community experience. Where brief moments of self-reflection are labelled criminally secretive, the self must become outer-layering only, all is surface and inner depth is outlawed. The “Circle” then makes a neat metaphor: all outer line with nothing in the middle. It is also a deliciously numerical novel, figures and raw data are thrown at rhe reader in quick succession, a 100 rating becomes an empty norm, two perfectly meaningless circles, that are their own redundant reward. The reader then is left shaking their book in fear and frustration. The arguments are almost intoxicating, no privacy means no crime, greater safety, the only price is total surrender of freedom, and plenty of people readily sign up to give it away. The latter end of the book shifts into more familiar dystopian territory but it serves as an enjoyable cautionary tale that might make you think twice when tweeting about your lunch.

It seems perverse to write about this book online (I should really be zinging this) but how can it be avoided? The themes are obvious: privacy, morality, politics and the internet are a dangerous mix. Like a global cult, the ultimate social media tool, the “Circle” slowly takes over newbie Mae Holland’s life as she works her way up from “Customer Experience” and she is soon espousing beliefs that only days ago she questioned. This is a system which punishes non-participation and solitary experience in the guise of selfishness and the defence of community experience. Where brief moments of self-reflection are labelled criminally secretive, the self must become outer-layering only, all is surface and inner depth is outlawed. The “Circle” then makes a neat metaphor: all outer line with nothing in the middle. It is also a deliciously numerical novel, figures and raw data are thrown at rhe reader in quick succession, a 100 rating becomes an empty norm, two perfectly meaningless circles, that are their own redundant reward. The reader then is left shaking their book in fear and frustration. The arguments are almost intoxicating, no privacy means no crime, greater safety, the only price is total surrender of freedom, and plenty of people readily sign up to give it away. The latter end of the book shifts into more familiar dystopian territory but it serves as an enjoyable cautionary tale that might make you think twice when tweeting about your lunch.

Trying to decide which grey to go for… #Pantone #Itsallagreyarea #work #colour

Trying to decide which grey to go for… #Pantone #Itsallagreyarea #work #colour

"I get out of bed, go over to the window, and look at the night sky. And think about time that can never be regained. I think of rivers, of tides. Forests and water gushing out. Rain and lightning. Rocks and shadows. All of these are in me."

— Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (via whyallcaps)

(via wisdom-of-spring)

Pigeons and crows at Richmond Park

Pigeons and crows at Richmond Park

Mummy and baby duck at Richmond Park #richmondpark #babyduck #london

Mummy and baby duck at Richmond Park #richmondpark #babyduck #london

quickermorequickly:

beatonna:

Three of four sisters are here and a cousin and it’s hard to tell the scribbles apart 

"a mother knows her child’s legs”

(via almostconceptartist)

Palm House #kewgardens #nature #botanicalgardens #london

Palm House #kewgardens #nature #botanicalgardens #london

Fjaðrárgljúfur. South Iceland.

(Source: 13daysiniceland, via maliciousbee)

A Garden eel at #KewGardens they have an Aquarium in the Palm House! #fish

A Garden eel at #KewGardens they have an Aquarium in the Palm House! #fish

ratherlemony:

Successful print day. Beetles everywhere!