Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Book (To Keep!) in the Library

If you haven't already picked up your free copy of PVCC's Fall 2016 One Book, The Circle by Dave Eggers, then drop by the library: we have plenty of copies available, and getting one is as easy as registering for your tracking implant -- I mean, as signing up to let us know who's taking on the challenge. Don't forget to pick up a bookmark for more information on speakers, contests, and other events later in the semester.

So what's The Circle about?

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. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. -- from the publisher's description

Mark your calendars for October 19, when PVCC's very own instructor of information technology, Mike Ferero, discusses "Privacy and Anonymity in the Internet Culture" in room M229. And remember: the Internet is always watching.