Waiiiiiiiit, that guy died because of a social media experiment gone wrong?
Yes. The Circle, directed by James Ponsoldt and adapted from Dave Eggers' novel of the same name, tells the story of Mae, a young woman who ascends to stardom at a powerful tech company. Like a glossier episode of Black Mirror, her story takes the notion of internet privacy and extends it to a nefarious extreme. It's part satire, part warning. Sadly, a lot of the bite from the book misses the screen. As one reviewer quipped, the fatally streamlined movie warning asks, "What if Google, but too much?"
The Circle hit theaters this weekend, and while it might be absurd, it's still thought-provoking enough to make one consider the techno-horrors taking root in the real world. Just recently, Congress rolled back internet privacy rules established under the Obama administration, essentially giving internet service providers the chance to cash in on your browsing history and personal data.