I finished The Circle by Dave Eggers, a deep dive into technological conspiracy theory, about three weeks ago and have been pondering how to respond to it ever since. I love a book that really makes me think about my own life and wonder about the possibilities that the story explores. The Circle did that for me.
As you know I enjoy a good puzzle or mystery, but I also love a good mind games/conspiracy theory story. The Circle by Dave Eggers is all that and more.
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
No. This isn’t a new story – Big tech company takes over the world etc. In fact, this book was written in 2013 and there are already over 16,000 reviews on GoodReads.com. As a result, I don’t want to share so much a review of the book, but a reaction to the story.Today, I don't want to share so much a review of THE CIRCLE, but a reaction to the story. Click To Tweet
The thing is, this is a technological conspiracy theory filled with false relationships.
A story of likes and smiles and shares. It’s a story of transparency and secrets and privacy and lack of privacy sharing and oversharing of Mae’s life with the world. It is a story of how that transparency changes Mae and her choices. Sound familiar?
How is Mae’s life at The Circle any different than many of us in the blogosphere?How is Mae's life at The Circle any different than many of us in the blogosphere? Click To Tweet
If I am focused on PaulaTisch.com, I am concerned about page views, comments, and shares. I am obsessed with my social media accounts.
How many are on my email list?
OMG, why did someone remove themselves
from my email list?
How many followers have I increased this week?
How many likes do I have?
Has ANYONE commented on my new post?
Does ANYONE like me?
And the truth is, it’s not real. As much as I enjoy my blogger friends, we are ONLINE friends. You do not see the dirty kitchen behind the blog. You do not see the argument with my sons about the car. You are not privy to the imperfections of my daily life.
Social Media friends… You are not my true friends. My True friends are in the trenches with me.Social Media friends... You are not my true friends. My True friends are in the trenches with me. Click To Tweet
So what is the point? I started this blog because I felt led by the Lord to share some of my life in the hopes of encouraging you in your faith, your family, and your home. Am I doing that?
I don’t know.
Sometimes it feels like I’m just throwing words into the wind.
Does anyone catch them?
I know that many of you do enjoy my projects and DIY tutorials, but honestly, they are not anything new. You can find those on a million other blogs. Thus, I wonder, is my true purpose to gain your approval. To feel the satisfaction of your likes and shares? I just don’t know anymore.
With that, I’ve decided to take a sabbatical from blogging. I am going to take the next 3 months to revisit my purpose in life, online, and in the blog world. I will also be taking this break from ALL of my social media accounts. (How strange that will be, right?)
I am NOT taking the blog down. You will be able to search thru any and all of my previous posts and projects and find what you like.
I will, however, not be responding to comments, shares, or likes for the next few months.
Thanks so much for your encouragement and understanding as I search my soul and discover what God has for me during this second half century of my life. As always, I am available by text, phone or we could even try meeting in person!