Level of Contact


Every two weeks you should add approximately one page to your journal (you are certainly free to write more, though!) reflecting on the book, The Circle. The specific discussion points are listed in each of the bi-weekly assignments, but in case you read ahead, or are doing the whole book over Winter Break, here are all of them together:

Please check out this link for the circle book

For your first journal entry (Weeks 1/2), presuming you’ve read through Book 1, Parts 1 and 2 (up through page 146), ponder all of the following:

  • Think about the slogan “ALL THAT HAPPENS MUST BE KNOWN” regarding SeeChange. Do you see any parallels with any organizations or emerging technologies in reality?
  • Also, what do you think Mercer meant by, “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. You know how they engineer this food? They scientifically determine precisely how much salt and fat they need to include to keep you eating. You’re not hungry, you don’t need the food, it does nothing for you, but you keep eating these empty calories. This is what you’re pushing. Same thing. Endless empty calories, but the digital-social equivalent. And you calibrate it so it’s equally addictive.”? Do you see any real-life equivalents?
  • How is the book making you feel so far?

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