The Circle is a classic example of how social engineering can use an on-line social program to create group think. Several movies were referenced: Manufactured Consent, Shadow Government and Soylent Green.
The dark database lurked beneath a face plate where input could be restricted access at the flip of a switch. A green substance consumed by the main character without much hesitation, contained sensors to track the subject via biometrics. A Phase IV Pharmaceutical trial was being tested with Adderall.
Several Patent Developments were prevalent throughout, from Google to a top executive who was a former US Government employee for defense related issues, Tommy Thompson of Verichips to the HHS and Hin Kai to the Army.
This reads as a Manifesto for a totalitarian regime. It attempts to create a new age belief that worships technology. This is the type of thing that keeps me in constant prayer!