Book review: The Circle

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Today I was reminded of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook when he announced its acquisition of the messaging app, WhatsApp.

Making the announcement on his own Facebook page, Zuckerberg stated that “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected”.

On official Facebook pages you can read a similar line: “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”.

That mission seems fair enough for a social network – of course it aims to give people the power to share and be ‘more connected’. But I’ve recently finished reading David Eggers’ The Circle and that novel clearly outlines a world where a mission statement like that can go horribly wrong. It’s a fascinating tale, perhaps written to scare some but honestly, a tale that often had me laughing out loud. There are a lot of comparisons to be drawn…

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