May 1, 2017, - 12:46 am

“The Circle”: Timely Flick Shows the Dangers of Facebook We Keep Ignoring

By Debbie Schlussel

“The Circle” (Rated PG-13), which debuted in theaters this weekend, is a timely movie, so it’s a shame that it bombed at the box office. I recommend it, and here’s why . . . .

Just a couple of weeks ago, Facebook sachem Mark Zuckerberg announced he’s developing a plan to read your mind and mine. If we’ll let him. He’s developing software and technology to type 100 words per minute without the user’s fingers ever striking a key. As I read the media coverage on Facebook’s “direct brain interface,” I wondered what kind of idiot would give Facebook access to his or her brain and thoughts.

But then I answered the question as quickly as I thought it up. We already know that millions of morons without critical thinking skills populate social media (on both sides of the ideological divide, by the way–see the many blind Sean Hannity fans for Exhibit A). They’re the same people who whine about the NSA and the government invading terrorists’ privacy–the same people who, while they whine about privacy–continue to post their locations, their regular hangouts, notices about when they aren’t at home, and so on. These people want to bare all to the world–to zillions of total strangers. They want us to know every detail about the most private things (including sexual behavior), they post their suicides online, and they just want to be famous for any reason or no reason at all. They are the same people who make snuff films, like they did of that poor old Black man who was picking up cans for money on Easter Sunday.

And they are the same people who will give Mark Zuckerberg access to their brains and their thoughts. It would be something if there were just a handful of them. But they are now the “normal” ones. We, who have edit buttons and scruples, are the aberrations, the weirdos, stuck in the mud and no fun.

And that’s why The Circle, which may seem over the top, really isn’t. It’s sadly so spot on about the willingness we individually have to allow social media Big Brother, like Facebook, to take over our lives. And spot on about the willingness we collectively have to allow organizations like Facebook to control society in a way government could only fantasize about.

Publicists for the studio, STX Entertainment, didn’t screen The Circle for critics. At least, not in the Detroit area. But they should have. I went to see it on my own at an early showing, Thursday Night. And I thought it was pretty good. It captures exactly why you should fear Facebook and why I already do and have for some time. As in real life, The Circle shows us a world of morons ready to allow a Facebook-esque social media network (called “The Circle”) to take over everything.

The movie begins with Emma Watson (who proudly marched in the annoying p-hat women’s marches of the unhinged left), looking for a full-time job. She wants to support herself and get her severely ill and disabled father healthcare (which you wonder why Watson’s real-life hero Obama didn’t get him, given that he claimed ObamaCare would cover it all). After getting an entry-level job at The Circle, Watson is at first skeptical of her co-workers’ projects, such as inserting chips into children’s bones in order to track them. She laughs when she’s told this is to “keep kids safe from kidnappers.” But, soon, she buys into the entire The Circle plot to take over, er . . . to “better” the world.

Watson is caught on camera after stealing a kayak and nearly drowning in the water in the middle of the night. But The Circle’s universal cameras catch her on film and the Coast Guard is instantly there to save her. She tells the employees of The Circle that she was “selfish” for kayaking in private and not sharing even her most private moments with the world. So she agrees to be on video 24/7. And then she is drunk with the worldwide fame it gets her. And she allows The Circle to monitor her blood, her body, her health, and her parents (who then get caught having sex on camera, when they thought they were in private).

Soon, Watson is giving her boss (Tom Hanks is this film’s older version of Zuckerberg) the idea that The Circle should require all its members to register to vote and participate in elections. Then, she wants all registered voters to become members of The Circle. And next, she wants The Circle to run the elections of the world’s countries. This, we’re told, would create full participation in elections and rid the world of despotic rulers and dictators.

Again, if you think this is over the top, don’t put it past Facebook to have this same agenda. It sounds a little too much like this generation’s “Motor Voter Bill,” which Democrats used to automatically register to vote every dumbass with a driver’s license. Do you really want every American on Facebook voting in our elections? It’s the worst election idea EVER . . . unless you’re a liberal Democrat.

Facebook is so thirsty for live video “performances” to garner more eyeballs and ad revenue that it’s already generated the aforementioned live suicides and snuff films. Facebook had to know this would happen, and, yet, those things keep happening with yet another Facebook Live murder late last week. Though it was made well before the recent snuff films, The Circle shows us the potential of Facebook and other social media to encourage and cause tragic deaths, as the envelope keeps being pushed.

Facebook’s algorithm is so weak, it doesn’t detect these things–the live on-line snuff films that stay on the site as long as two hours. Yet, Facebook has repeatedly blocked me for consecutive 30-day blocks because I posted something innocent and tame BUT conservative. Or because someone on a Facebook group of which I’m an administrator, posted a picture of beautiful Israeli women soldiers wearing their guns (yes, I really got blocked from Facebook for 30 days for that). Yet, Facebook officials, including one of John Kerry’s former top spokeschicks (Facebook is filled with legions of formerly top Dems and libs) yelled at me, when I asked them why they refused to ban or at least block and open neo-Nazi who called on me to be killed and said he was coming for me.

And you want this company to have access to your mind for easier typing? Sadly, like I said, millions will willingly, eagerly give Zuckerberg that opportunity. They clearly don’t mind being Zucked and are too brainless and stupid to realize what is happening.

That’s essentially the message of The Circle. And it makes the point well.


BTW, when I reviewed this on my Friday appearance on Larry The Cable Guy’s SiriusXM show, Larry said that, given all this Big Brother stuff, he didn’t understand why people would send their DNA to And he has a point. I saw an episode of CBS “48 Hours” just over a week ago, detailing the story of Michael Usry Jr., a man who was accused of murder after police and prosecutors subpoenaed his DNA from Ancestry. That would’ve been a good thing . . . if he were actually the murderer. But in fact, though his DNA was a close match, he was not the murderer, and he had to fight–at great cost–to exonerate himself.


Watch the trailer . . .

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35 Responses

I despise Mark Zuckerberg with the heat of 1,000 suns.

DS_ROCKS! on May 1, 2017 at 1:01 am

Another excellent article and analysis. I’ve been saying for over 20 years that we are headed toward a new age slavery, and that here in America we are a people well prepared for slavery. And here it is, none other than everybody’s favorite toy, Facebook, the key to fame.

And from Debbie’s description of Emma Watson’s character, it sounds as though she’s playing Gwyneth Paltrow.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on May 1, 2017 at 1:45 am

Sorry, but I refuse to pay to watch any movie that features Tom Hanks or Emma Watson. I would not even view it on Netflix if it were to be included as part of my existing subscription. The only condition where I will watch one of their movies is after it’s available for free as a DVD from my local library because neither of them or their producers can make any money or even get any recognition or “hits” under that condition. However, I’m glad to hear that this movie was a BO bomb. The more these leftist Hollywood pseudo-talents bomb and flop, the better. I and still don’t have a Facebook account and never use Facebook or ever refer to it. It doesn’t exist as far as I’m concerned.

Ralph Adamo on May 1, 2017 at 3:14 am

“Social media” is the ultimate misnomer if there ever was one. Given who populates those platforms (not to mention what Debbie brought up about morons on both sides of the political aisle) and the level of discourse, I think if “truth-in-advertising” laws were applied to such places a more appropriate characterization would be “anti-social media.” Especially given recent studies that show how Facebook addicts usually end up with all sorts of mental and physical problems. Furthermore, given how Ms. Watson leans politically and all that, and in spite of her pronouncements about her “growing awareness” of the downside of “social[sic] media” in the wake of making this film, how many of these Hollywood idiots are “good buddies” with the likes of Zuckerberg?

And it’s not just him. He’s just one spoke in an entire wheel. Another one to look out for, for such megalomaniacal “thinking,” is Elon Musk. “Creepy” doesn’t even begin to describe these folks.

Concerned Patriot on May 1, 2017 at 9:50 am

Affirmative to both Mr. Adamo and Concerned Patriot, especially the part about Elon Musk. He has the look of a ten year old kid that goes around looking up dresses at weddings.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on May 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

I think they are already there. I think they can analyse your google patterns and web site visits to probably know almost everything about you. The credit cards companies do this to help prevent loss with just card purchases over time.

General P. Malaise on May 1, 2017 at 11:40 am

First of all I do not and never will have anything to do with Farcebook and that meathead Zuckerberg. Social Media while a useful tool in some respects lends itself to all kinds of abuse. Who in their right mind cares how many “followers” they have and would constantly post everything that happens in their life everyday. I have news for you ignorant snowflakes. Criminals and thieves just love it when you tell them when you leave your house what smart or electric car you drive what Starbucks you go to what guns you don’t own and what route you speed walk/jog. Your height weight and the fact that you have a rat terrier as a guard dog also helps. Now as to The Circle. I’d rather go use my neighbor’s z-turn lawnmower and do actual circles in my back yard than go see this movie. I will no longer see a movie with old leftwing hacks Hanks and newly minted nitwit Watson. I might see it when it winds up in the 50 cent bin at Ollies and even then it would cost too much. I had expected to do well since Hanks is in it (never said that he wasn’t a good actor. He’s just an Obama jock sniffer) but was happy that it’s bombing bigger than a MOAB. Only 9 million bucks so far. Let’s hope for a continual slide. And yes Alfredo I agree wholeheartedly about that creepy guy Musk. He does have that peek into the girls high school shower via a hole in the wall look.

Ken B on May 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

Wowwww!!! KenB saw 50 Cent shopping at Ollie’s!!! Ah never heerd tell o’ Ollie’s but I gotta go there NOW.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on May 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

The release date for the DVD is estimated to be August 2017.

John Robert Mallernee on May 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Since I’m nobody important, I find the various public forums on the computer Internet, including the social mediums of FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and GOOGLE PLUS to be useful for me to post my personal opinions in the eternal battle for promoting and preserving liberty and truth.

BLOGGER allows me to have my own personal web site, “OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE”.

With these tools, I can share my religious faith and remind folks of the traditional morality and family values of our United States of America.

At the beginning of each of those web sites, I post the warning that everything is monitored by the NSA, CIA, FBI, and DHS.

YOU TUBE allows me to share the songs that I’ve composed, which ordinarily would never be heard.

I normally don’t accept any friends on FACEBOOK, although I’ve reluctantly allowed three, i.e., my youngest sister, the wife of a Viet Nam war buddy, and the Certified Nursing Assistant that visits me each week.

John Robert Mallernee on May 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Facebook does want to turn everyone into mindless good little robots even wanting to speak for us and many fools will go right along with it.There is no free speech anymore because they censor Debbie yet let some crazy Neo-nazi spew his rants and allow life murders to run for 2 hours straight without removing them!
I see Bill Shine has resigned from Fox-hoping Hannity will be next and he can take all his Hanni-bots with him!Debbie has told the truth from the start and all Hannity can do is resort to name calling and huddle with his high priced legal team!

Todd on May 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Good review Ms. Schlussel, and since I’m a member of, I have yet to do a “Facebook-Live”, and you know what, I intend to NOT do a live on that website. Because a) whenever I talk, I talk real of me thinking very quickly, that my Facebook friends won’t understand what I’m saying, and b) I tend to a little “camera shy” of me becoming stage-fright.

And this film, “The Circle” kinda reminds me of some stories that I’ve learned a little upon of allegedly, the state implementing computer-chips into your own skin. So Ms. Watson’s character after being employed by the entity-corporation was skeptical of the activities (understandably so), but then as time progresses and evolves, she goes along with the company-line and condones it.

So yeah, if anyone is contacted that they want some chip hidden inside them, they yes ought to be ultra skeptical of it and respond “no” to it, because none of us don’t want any government entity tracking us like if we’re some lower-animals in a scientific lab-room.

Sean R. on May 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Anything that makes Mark Zuckerberg look bad is alright with me.

Primetime on May 1, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Well,it’s good to see your movie reviews again. I hope that you do “Power Rangers” and “Ghost in the Shell.” I’d love to see both those reviews.

Ghostwriter on May 1, 2017 at 7:50 pm

The reason the film bombed is due to the fact that Emma Watson is in it. Watson has no acting talent. Watson is also a fake feminist, demanding women’s rights, all the while posting nude and scantily clothed pictures of herself on the web. Remember: only ugly women need equal rights; a pretty women can open any door with a simple smile.

King David on May 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Perhaps I may remind you that Emma Watson co-starred in the “Harry Potter” films, all of which pulled in about $1 billion in worldwide box office? Is that your idea of a bomb? And yes, she can act.

    Primetime on May 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

First, I refuse to support Hollywood by paying the outrages prices to see a movie. The fact that the star was in the women’s vagina march will keep me at home. Time to starve the beast. Stop paying money to see these idiots and hopefully Hollyweird will implode. I started reading the book (it was given to me) and that will have to suffice for me.

Karen Bracken on May 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Its cool to see people stand by their principles(Karen and the others) personally idk if an individual prevents me, wait yeah I won’t watch Will Smith, he irks me. I can’t stand Samuel Jack, I really dislike him but I watched King Kong but then again Kong smashed him into the earth so I guess that’s different

MrBigBrain on May 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Ms Schussel, why are YOU even on Facebook?

Chaconi on May 2, 2017 at 9:55 am

I’m not on Facebook anyway,so this movie’s no big deal to me,anyway. As for Emma Watson,I think that she hasn’t found the right role for her yet. I hope they do. I think she can be a good actress in the right role.

Ghostwriter on May 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Rotten Tomatoes rated The Circle 16% by the critics and 25% by audiences so you can see why the movie bombed.I will probably still pick it up because of Debbie’s review at the last video store in my town-I’m old school and actually like to go pick out my DVD’s and at least I’m supporting a small family business even if the movie stinks!lol!

Todd on May 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm

You are spot on. The chemtrails they have been raining down on us for almost 20 years contains many things including aluminum, barium and strontium (the last 2 make us more sensitive to radiation). They also include arthropods and bacterium (some STD variety, as well as lyme disease and shingles) and wires, yes living organisms to create a dirty board on our skin and inside to self-replicate and create a fake nervous system (fiber optic network). This can be activated later to create disease or control thoughts. Don’t believe me? Bill Gates has a patent on weather/carbon dioxide, 3 Stanford fellas created a patent in 1992 on Morgellons (which was categorized as delustional parasitosis – why the Elites chose that to use, so we would be discounted by doctors). I have been viewing what has come out of me by microscope and researching youtube vids by others having same symptoms, including lung stuff for months. Everyone reading this needs to wake up and research this, it is real and they intend to control and/or kill us.

CJ on May 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    You are a loon…
    You are a fruit loop…
    You are mentally ill…

    Get help…

    Billy Gates on May 4, 2017 at 1:22 am

This movie and others are predictive programming and meant to get us used to the NWO coming agenda. There are regimens we can do to try and kill these live (yes, I have seen them move under microsope) organisms 100% OF US HAVE, that is plants, animals, and humans due to the toxic chemtrails. Brennan, former CIA Director, admitted to GEOEngineering not long ago on so we are nearing the point where they are admitting it. For almost 2 months now I have been documenting the days the spray the skies and in coastal Georgia it is about every 2 weeks. Please educate yourself and look up, you will see all the geometric “clouds” left when they spray. There are no straight lines in nature and those are chemtrails full of poisons.

CJ on May 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

There are hexagrams (circuit board chips so to speak) and diamond shapes inside our mucus, which I guess you could say those are straight lines, and the fibers they are raining down on us are connecting to those and to us inside. Diabolical by any stretch of the imagination and Barack Obama knew about it. That is why the speech about the biggest threat to the world was global warming… So they would have cover for the “GEO Engineering” program to put a blanket in skies between us and the sun. It is so they can poison us as well.

CJ on May 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not saying it was aliens…

    It was aliens…

    Billy Gates on May 4, 2017 at 1:26 am

Violence breaks out at Rap concert-Rap blamed for violence.

Violence breaks out at Int National Soccer game-Soccer blamed for violence.

Violence breaks out at Nuclear Peace Rally-Peace blamed for violence.

MrBigBrain on May 3, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Mr. Big: It’s all due to AGW, don’t ‘cha know!

    jc15 on May 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Facebook is hiring an additional 3,000 people to help monitor videos posted on the social media giant’s Facebook Live feature. CNET editor Dan Ackerman spoke to CBSN about whether this is the right response from Facebook after murders and suicides were broadcast on the platform. Via CBS News

MrBigBrain on May 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Debbie, thanks for covering this movie. In some ways, it reminds me of that Sandra Bullock movie ‘The Net’ that appeared in the 90s, where Bullock is on the run due to cyberstalking on the net, or something like it.

Actually, this post brings up an issue often glossed over here – the one of privacy. I know that at one level, it’s used by the ACLU types to troll people like law enforcement when they’re trying to obtain information. OTOH, this is a very depressing trend that’s been happening throughout this millenium, and has only been getting worse.

It’s not just FaceBook: if you look at the Big 3 ‘tech’ companies – Google, Apple and Microsoft, data collection is their main business, and you – the consumer – are the product. Ever wonder why so many things are either free, or extremely cheap? Reason is that they want to get people hooked on their cloud services – be it iCloud, google,, and then once you’re signed in, everything you do can be tracked and then sold to companies who are then free to bombard you w/ ads and promote their wares. While it’s one thing for law enforcement to subpoena companies like Amazon so that if Alexa – Amazon’s equivalent of Siri – is witness to a crime, the fact that all these AI tools have all our information and are ready to spit them out to their owners – who isn’t us – is what’s at the bottom of this.

Ironically, we are in no small way to blame. Just like our typing is not just auto-corrected but also auto-completed, making it more fluent for us to type, following these also enables companies to gather up enough data on us so that they know more about us and our families than we do. Like the story of the dad who found out about his teenage daughter’s pregnancy through Target mailing her maternity stuff. While I do rely on auto-complete features for my own computer/tablet, I make it a point not to use Siri, Cortana, Alexa or any of those AI bots.

The other thing depressing about the tech industry: in the 90s and early 2000s, I worked in that industry, and at the time, it meant building great new things. Be it computers, digital music players, tablets, phones, et al. The great companies of that time were companies like Palm, Silicon Graphics, DEC, HP (before Carly), Netscape, Intuit, and a whole lot of other companies that actually made great products that people enjoyed owning – either hardware or software. Since the late 2000s, there was all that bloodletting and ‘consolidation’, and today, tech has come to be synonymous w/ either bombarding us w/ incessant ads and selling our privacy, or making it easier for us to depreciate our assets to make more money, via Uber or AirBnB. Interesting, but hardly the greatest concepts that they can come up w/. Or really juvenile software or portals/websites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, et al.

Scott McNealy, the former head of Sun, once said, ‘Privacy is dead: get over it’. To the extent that it is, we have in a big way ourselves to blame!

Infidel on May 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Facebook should never be trusted. And Facebook should be avoided for a variety of reasons unless your business depends on it.

Though not widely reported, Facebook’s and Google’s security was breached and both companies were scammed out of more than $100 million. Of course, neither company publicly reported the incidents on a timely basis, even though they were required to by security laws.

Facebook and Google were fortunate, however, that the FBI went to work immediately and with great diligence on their behalf and successfully recovered the lost money.

Although the FBI does next to nothing to help ordinary Americans and has allowed numerous terrorist attacks on regular Americans to occur in several high-profile cases, if a powerful, politically connected firm–like Facebook or Google–runs into security problems, why then, the FBI will spare no expense to help them and to carry out their special interests. So, in effect, we the taxpayers are funding Facebook’s and Google’s special security force–the FBI–but get virtually no services from them in return, no matter how urgent the need.

Here’s the article on the Facebook/Google case:

Ralph Adamo on May 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm

There is now talk of Mark Zuckerberg running for president in 2020. No, this is not a joke or a plot for a sci-fi movie. It’s gotten serious.

Primetime on May 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Zuckerberg for president? Despite his billionaire status, Zuckerberg truly is a dope, dupe, and a dummy. And he only hires people just like himself: other dopes, dupes, and dummies. While it doesn’t take a lot of brains to become president, a serious candidate would still need to hire smart people to get elected, and that goes against his natural grain.

    Remember, in addition to Zuckerberg’s Facebook getting scammed out of more than $100 million (as I’ve described above), Zuckerberg also honestly believed that a kid named Ahmed Muhammed, better known as the “clock boy” actually invented a new kind of clock when even the most amateur electronics fan immediately recognized that Ahmed didn’t invent or create anything.

    It was a total scam. Ahmed simply bought an old clock radio on eBay, took it out of its plastic housing and inserted the electronics into a pencil box (also purchased on eBay), falsely claiming that he invented the clock himself.

    Ahmed’s scam became an international incident when he and father succeeded in creating a stir when he brought it to school because it looked like a homemade bomb. The kid did deliberately lied to his teachers at the instructions of his father to get attention.

    It worked. Although anyone with an ounce of intelligence knew that Ahmed didn’t invent anything and that he was merely scamming the public, this, of course, didn’t stop the likes of Obama, Zuckerbook, and other lefty power players from hailing this lying punk as some sort of “hero.” (Ahmed and his father also tried to sue the school district and, of course, Obama invited Ahmed to the White House, as Islamofrauds were always honored in the Obama White House.)

    So, unless the US goes completely insane with leftism, Zuckerberg isn’t going to the White House in our lifetimes. Here is what the dope, dupe, and dummy actually posted on Facebook about clock boy, even after clock boy’s scam was exposed throughout the Internet.

    Mark Zuckerberg
    September 16, 2015 · Palo Alto ·
    You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he took it to school.

    Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.

    Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep building.

    Ralph Adamo on May 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm

The Dems might as well nominate him – they can’t find any candidates outside the Clintons – even that fuggly airhead Chelsea. Everyone else looks like a part of Leonid Brezhnev’s politburo from the 70s.

If he gets nominated, we can make online privacy a central campaign theme, since FaceBook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft have done all they can to subvert it

Infidel on May 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Look forward to seeing this one, soon as it comes to Netflix (will not pay $ at the theater for anything coming out of Hollyweird — I know, some of my $ goes to them, ultimately, via the Netflix fee, but I can live with that). Never had a Fakebook account, never will . . .

jc15 on May 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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