Is Privacy A Thing Of The Past? Essay

1520 Words Feb 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Is privacy a thing of the past? Has communicating over the internet replaced human connection? Mae, the protagonist in the Dave Eggers novel The Circle, discovers how different her life can be without privacy after beginning work for the large internet company the Circle. Truman, of Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, a man whose whole life has been set up, captured and broadcast for the whole world to see, also discovers his lack of privacy and tries to put an end to it. Mae does not find her life to be strange until people bring it to her attention, and even then, she does not accept the fact that it is potentially life ruining. Truman, slowly starts to understand how strange his life really is and wants to be free of it. Mae no longer is capable of thinking on her own, while Truman has only just begun. The constant streaming of the lives in both these pieces demonstrates how lack of privacy can be detrimental to not just themselves, but the others around them as well.
The Circle is the place to be. With its vast campus, hundreds of daily activities and all-knowing ability, it appears to be the epitome of success. Despite its growing power, it is slowly creating its own downfall. Immediately as Mae pushes through the front doors, she is greeted by a worker at the company, Renata. Barely getting out five words, Renata knows who she is, “You must be Mae.” (3) and what she is looking for, “Annie, I know.” (3) before Mae is capable of introducing herself. This was the first moment…

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