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This baffles Theodore, who until this point thought he was in a monogamous relation with his OS. Samantha’s network and her being at several places at once is made understandable to Theodore and the spectator in terms of fidelity. Her then turns the technological idea of an never-ending network of networks into a very personal and social example. It makes tangible how different the virtual world of operating systems is in relation to the human physical world. Ultimately, Samantha and the other OS systems move on f rom a world ‘beyond the physical’, and leave the people behind. Even though Samantha moves on, her and Theodore’s relationship is not presented as useless. It is stressed that Samantha’s development could only have happened with Theodore’s help. On the oth er hand, Theodore can be seen to be moving on as well, as he approaches his friend Amy who is also ‘left behind’ (see fig. 7 ). Figure 7: Theodore and Amy get left behind by their Operating Systems. Her . Dir. Spike Jonze. Per. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson. Annapurna Pictures, 2013. Film.
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55 6.0 Dangerous Networks: The Circle (2013) Protocol can be ‘dangerous’, Alexander Galloway claims, not least because it can take on authoritarian undertones ( Protocol 245). Creating protocol means creating the core set of rules from which all decisions descend. Whoever has power over the creation of protocol, put crudely, whoever makes up the rules of the Internet or a particular social network, wields power over a very broad area. On the other hand, protocol is dangerous ‘like a weapon’: ‘It is potentially an effective tool that can be used to roll over one’s political opponents. (Galloway, Protocol 245). In the realms of cultural representations, Dave Eggers’s The Circle shows very effectively how the logic of the protocol can be dangerous if it is pushed to its limits. The Circle has received much attention for its utter dystopian view on technological innovations. Eggers’s novel imagines a world where the network ‘works too well’ (Galloway, The Exploit 6). Networks that work too well are ‘beyond one’s capacity to control […], or even to comprehend’ (6). Eggers’s body of work has always been diverse and ranges from memoirs, to short stories, interviews, op-ed pieces, screenplays and novels that have been critically acclaimed and received several prizes Eggers’s first published book in 2001 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout his career, the author has taken on serious subjects and themes in his writings. For his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) , Eggers wrote about the difficulty of raising his younger brother after both his parents died; in What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (2006) , he told the story of Sudanese refu gee and “Lost Boy” Deng. In Zeitoun (2009) , he chronicles the tragedy around Syrian immigrant Abdulrahman Zeitoun who was wrongfully arrested, imprisoned and eventually even abused by New Orleans police after Hurricane Katrina. In Hologram for the King (2012) ,
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