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The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense

12/19/2014 01:00 AM EST

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Re: Not for me
betajet   12/19/2014 3:08:20 PM
Max wrote about Zardoz (1974): Now that was an interesting film -- I wouldn't mind watching that again.

Normally I don't listen to director's commentary, but John Boorman's Zardoz commentary is fascinating and filled with wonderful bits.  For example, Boorman's previous film was Deliverance (1972), starring Burt Reynolds.  Boorman actually wanted to cast Reynolds as Zed, but he wasn't available.  Good think he had to go with Sean Connery IMO, but Burt Reynolds in a loin cloth might have had more USA box office success.

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Poverty, war, and injustice
betajet   12/19/2014 2:55:26 PM
The phrase "poverty, war, and injustice" which I use in the review is from Tom Lehrer's "The Folk Song Army" (1965).  I didn't want to spoil the flow of the text by citing the song in the review, so I'm giving credit here instead.

It's a great song, which begins:

We are the folk song army.
Every one of us cares.
We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
Unlike the rest of you squares.

There's innocuous folk songs,
But we regard 'em with scorn.
The folks who sing 'em have no social conscience.
Why they don't even care if Jimmy Crack Corn...

The song is quite fun, but a little depressing if you think about it too much.  So my recommendation is: buy the record, enjoy the song, but don't think about it too much :-)

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Not for me
Clive "Max" Maxfield   12/19/2014 9:41:19 AM
I don't thing I'll read this -- I like to read stuff that makes me happy, so I think I'll pass on this one (for the same reason I've never watched the film The Elephant Man).

Re the comment in the blog "Another similar community is the Vortex from the movie Zardoz (1974)." Now that was an interesting flim -- I wouldn't mind watching that again.

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Re: Creepy
Susan Rambo   12/19/2014 8:55:51 AM
I agree with you completely. It was shocking and familiar. I read it for a book club and had to tell the other readers that yes, this technology already exists or will easily exist soon. I found particularly depressing the corporation-worship and the forced "community" and the post-customer-service nagging (asking the customers why they didn't give the service rep a 100% rating), the lack of privacy.

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Physiker   12/19/2014 7:43:01 AM
I recently read it and found it very disturbing because it is so realistic. Many of the technologies described in the book are already available or will be in a few years. And some of the implications like the increasing loss of privacy are already ongoing.

A very good read that keeps you thinking for a long time.

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