“Circle”-a dystopian novel centered around the perils of the Internet

Once upon a time, we used to think about the future and the many wonderful things we would be able to do online, and we used to say ‘one day we’ll be able to do this.’ And now we live in a time period where the mentality changed from ‘one day we will do it’ to ‘now we can do it, and we should.‘ And we mostly do that without pausing to wonder what the repercussions may be. The Circle explores and deepen this idea.google-watching-you1-1

The Circle is a disturbing book, not only because of the troubling ideas and themes described within, but more importantly, because we live in a world where The Circle (a clear surrogate for Google) could easily happen. I cannot begin to mention the number of times I stopped and thought ‘wow, this could happen right now and no one would bat an eyelash.’ In fact, a chase near the end of the book brought to mind the Reddit manhunt for the Boston bombers. It’s a timely book, almost terrifyingly so.

Halfway through the book, I’d mentioned that this is 2013’s 1984.  This is a book that will cause you to pause repeatedly while reading it, pondering if the story it tells isn’t so far removed from the world we’re living in right now, and that maybe – just maybe – we’re just as doomed.



My Life Journey

*~I am Yvonne, Welcome to my garden~*

~Thanks for coming and planting flowers in my garden~


I was born in northern part of China, finished my Bachelor degree(Bilingualism of Russian and English) in Shanghai, exchanged to St Petersburg to further Russian learning for one year, and then pursued my Master degree in Britain, currently I am almost going to finish all the modules and plan to move to London for an internship in PR domain.

I am the one that is always passionate about doing things outside comfort zone, which is imperative to growth I believe.When I was about to choose university, I only considered those beyond Shanghai without hesitation because of my instinct to see the most different scenery from my familiar hometown. There is 2671 km distance (equivalent to 5 hours flying)from my city to Shanghai, it implies I need to arrange my life totally by myself since I have no familiars and no backers behind me in that metropolis. Now when I looking back, I still appreciate the choice I made at that time as I experienced different splendid life styles, made friends from different parts of China and managed my life systematically by myself. From this valuable experience, I realized even though coming out from comfort zone is a great challenge at the beginning, eventually you become comfortable with being uncomfortable. And I understood one truth more deeply-Life is yours!

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Be true to yourself


Here’s what jumps into my mind when I think about being true to yourself —  beliefs, interests, personal values, honesty, sincerity, fundamental nature, being complete, relationship,  living by what is and what is not acceptable to you, morals, ethics, right and wrong, honor, not being false, truth…

The words feel good to me — positive, healthy, powerful, peaceful and happy.

So–being true to yourself for me means having the courage to accept myself as I really am, not as as someone else thinks I should be. Do not pretend or disguise to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.


Nowadays, many youngsters believe that when they do things to please their peers, such as smoke or drink when they shouldn’t, or act or party in inappropriate ways, they will be be popular and welcomed. They go against the advice of their parents or their own common sense only to find themselves in trouble and not accomplishing what they plan to do.

When you do things that are not genuine or a reflection of the real you, you will not be happy with yourself and will end up confused. You’ll be confused because you won’t know whom to please, or how.

I used my personal growing experience to make the video in order to give advice on being the real you. As in every stage of my life, I do compromise on some issues in order to be an “obedient” child, a “normal” student and an “easy-going” friend. But now when I looking back, I felt ashamed of what I chose at that moment. I didn’t follow and respect my own choice. As only  you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs.

When you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and uniqueness to shine through. You respect the opinions of others but do not conform to stereotypes or their expectations of you.


I love how author and spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz describes it:

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”don-Miguel-Ruiz_副本

But I knew Be True to Yourself  takes courage and demands you to be sincere, open-minded and introspective.Here’s my personal suggestions of How 2 B U:

  • Being true to yourself begins with knowing who you are and accepting your fundamental nature; knowing your strengths, interests, weaknesses and aims in life and then living that way all the time. You know yourself only by living true life. Finding what works for you, what defines you and makes you whole.
  • Being true to yourself means you don’t worry about making other people pleased; living under someone else’s expectations or rules. You don’t pay much attention to what people think of you. You live as your natural self. Without compromise. No one can tell you how to be true to yourself except you.

Being true to yourself is such simple-facing with your real identity no matter in the virtual Internet world or the real communication.You can optimize yourself but do not try to pretend a perfect guy. It’s not you and not lovely!CIMG2589_副本

Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves, so from now on, throwing away your awful masks and being true to yourself!