The self satisfied gloating feeling that someone else sees social media as such a dark force in the world.
The only one I can think of at the moment is Microserfs by Douglas Copeland
To be honest I rarely take note of who the narrator is.
It's way too long for that.
Read it and weep for the future.
If you've ever wondered where big data and the over-sharing on social media channels will lead us, read this book for a glimpse into a possible future. This is a well-crafted story of how two ordinary young women are seduced into group-think and how they handle the realization that they have become pawns of totalitarianism. Other reviewers made observations about the unsatisfactory end to the story. I think that's the point the author was trying to make. The proliferation of social nakedness stripped people of their rights to independent thought, privacy and individuality. At the end of the novel, there was no one left to be the voice in the darkness.
It was a compellingly told story, but the basic premise was too ridiculous
Not bad, but not fantastic
First one I've heard from this read, enjoyed it. His character changes were subtle but noticeable.
No. Might watch it when it comes to cable.
Eggers paints a pixle perfect futuristic image of our world today with a touch of exageration. His writing is witty, modern and relatable. Graham delivers a great performance by narrating each charactor's sorty and views consistently throughout the book. There are many "teachable moments" in the book, Eggers seem to have a good grasp on the dynamics of technology and social behavior and educates the readers on concepts like social media and transparency through fictionous events. The book has a unique pace to it and it seems to be event driven more than anything else. Eggers' portrait of Mae, an out of college bright CS professional, although is realistic, but lacks depth when it comes to Mae's emotions. This is also true for othe characters in the book, this would dissapoint the drama seeking readers. At the same time, Eggers' logical correlation between and within characters is spotless and keeps the reader interested in the events of the book. Eggers is also exteremly competent at painting corporate relations and the modern corporate culture, although this may be a premature concept at the time, Eggers seem to have a view from a distance that gives hime the tool deliver consistency when describing current day event. 4 out of 5 starts for Eggers and 5 stars for Graham. very much recommended.
I work in digital marketing, so this hits very close to home. While he makes some mistakes when it comes to technology (Eggars publicly boasts that he did little research for this book), his overall presentation of digital commerce and the influence of social media is spot on.
Mae isn't terribly likable - but I didn't dislike her either. She's more of an empty vessel who is caught in the game that is social media - and the adrenaline rush that comes from immediate gratification - through likes (smiley face), conversion scores, new followers, rankings, etc. It's addictive - as also depicted in Nosedive, an episode in Season 3, Black Mirror.
Mae defies my willing suspension of disbelief, however. Coming from a utility company to her meteoric rise at the Circle is truly unbelievable - especially given the complexity of ecommerce and the fact that she never got any real training....
I also wanted to like the "antagonist" Mercer and Kaldon but neither character was well-developed, so their demises didn't affect me as much as they should have.
Worth a credit - reader is terrific and Eggars does give us fodder for considering the human cost of technological progress and "transparency" .
Loved it from start to finish!
Could not stop listening to this book!
Frightening similarities to today's world!
the prequel to 1984 if George Orwell had written his novel in 2049. been all around fantastic book with a huge warning for and of the millennial generation.