All the new technology, electronics and gadgets are great right? All the information you need right at your finger tips! What if you could be connected to the internet, your friends, family, and the information you need -24/7? That would even better– right?
Feed by M.T. Anderson zooms right in on that issue and our possible future. In this future, people living in the United States, including Anderson’s main character Titus, now have transmitters in their brains. Transmitters broadcast a constant barrage of banner ads, news, and trends into your mind, that’s known as the “feed.” In school there’s no need for reading, research or writing things down because the “feed” will get you all the information you’re looking for. You don’t even need to open your mouth to talk to your friends you can hear them using the M-chat feature of the “feed.” Nice huh?
Titus and his friends decide to go up to the moon to party and that’s where he meets Violet. Violet is homeschooled and her transmitter is older and she’s not a big fan of the “feed.” Not to mention her transmitter is always malfunctioning and the government refuses fix it, which means eventually Violet will completely shut down. Violet challenges Titus’ view of the “feed” and the society they live in, but Titus has a hard time coming to terms with the truth. Are those lesions sprouting up on everyone’s face really supposed to help you get a date? Is the news from the government broadcasted on the “feed” even real? What’s the true purpose of the “feed” and who really controls it? After reading Feed you’re guaranteed to give the direction technology is headed in a second thought.