Multcolib Picks: If you like The Circle
Annotation:Virtual reality pioneer Jared Lanier is worried that the Internet is becoming homogenous, instead of the creative and interesting virtual space he hoped for. What will happen to artists as we begin to believe that everything should be free online? Will Web 2.0 applications make creative coding obsolete? Lanier shares his opinions about where things went wrong and how we can make it.
Annotation:Shteyngart’s not so distant future shows us carrying around little devices wherever we go. Those devices will tell us the news, the gossip, and instantly rate our attractiveness as relative to others. This funny, sweet novel follows Lenny Abramov - our awkward hero - as he tries to navigate this slick and shiny world.
Annotation:Coupland explores how technology is changing relationships, using five people trapped for five hours in an airport bar after a mysterious disaster. The suspense builds as the book unfolds in real time and the reader gets to know the characters as they get to know each other.
Annotation:In a world where all activity has moved into the virtual sphere and the physical world is crumbling, one geek pits himself against a game and a powerful corporation to gain control of the online world, and everyone in it.
Annotation:Atwood’s dystopian vision of a future ravaged by corporate greed. First in the “Maddaddam” trilogy, Atwood shows her masterful writing skills as she describes a world struggling to recover, interspersed with memories of the time leading up to a massive disaster.
Annotation:Eli Pariser wants you to understand what’s happening when you use a search engine. Books about technology can get out of date fast, but this book is still extremely relevant three years after it was published. Read this to learn why Pariser believes that personalized search results, while convenient, may lead to the degradation of culture.
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Can’t get enough futuristic corporate intrigue? Worried that you’re spending more time with your phone than with your best friend? The Circle imagines life at the campus of a social media giant. Things are lovely here; employees have everything they need, and the Circle is making life better for everyone - isn’t it? While you wait for the Circle by Dave Eggers, read these authors’ views about what the future holds for us. - Amy H.