The Circle – Annotation #29

“She went to CE, knowing there she could be useful and that there, her efforts would be appreciated, immediately and demonstrably.” I didn’t realize it before reading this specific passage, but all of the surveys the Customer Experience sends out to create their aggregate score and personal scores serve another purpose – immediate, gratifying validation […]

The Circle – Annotation #28

“Once the gamificaton of shelter allotment and public housing in general was complete” First off, that is exactly how that fragment appears in the Circle, typo and everything. Gamification, however, is an interesting word choice for the context. A technology term forced into a social situation, gamification means the application of game thinking/game mechanics in other […]

The Circle – Annotation #27

The Circle’s voting system, Demoxie, is a combination of the words democracy and moxie. Etymology time – moxie is defined as a determination, nerve. However there is also an older soft drink named Moxie, and though it is debated about the origins of its name, it is believed to derive from an Algonquin/Abnaki word for […]


Demoxie is not a real word but in the book known as democracy with your voice, and your moxie. I looked up moxie and it means force of character, determination, or nerve. The circle believes in demoxie and are striving to make it part of the world. They want people in the circle to be able […]


Everyone pays taxes in the United States that is a citizen. Tax is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer by a state. Taxes are imposed by many administrative divisions. Taxes consist of direct or indirect taxes and may be paid in money or as its labour equivalent. Many taxes are paid online […]

Victorian Era

The Victorian era is stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Without a doubt, it was an extraordinarily complex age. It is, however, also the beginning of Modern Times. This era is taught in high school and is a very important topic in english history. In the book Mae is in a room in […]


The DMV is the Department of Motor Vehicles and they usually keep records and picture ID’s. United States citizens obtain picture id cards from the DMV which allows them to be able to drive wether that be with a parent or guardian because you only have a permit, or if you have your actual license. […]


Smallpox is a serious and contagious disease due to a virus that mainly occurs over in Africa. Disease is very common there because they don’t have good health care and are low on food and water. Smallpox causes a fever, mouth sores, skin rashes, and sometimes blindness. In the book Mae sent a zing about […]

The Circle – Annotation #26

“Francis was being compared to Moses.” When thinking of the Red Sea and the Ten Commandments it was hard for me to see why. However, upon thinking it over, I understand the reference and think it’s an interesting use of intertextuality like discusses in Campbell and La Pastina’s article. When TruYouth (“formerly known as ChildTrack”) […]

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