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Carrighan Perry

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Brief Overview Futuristic society
Feed, or the computer chip
Feed corporations- antagonists
Violet attempts to resist the feed, ends up being killed as a result The Universal Issue World in Feed has been overcome by technological advancement
Characters evolve into the human race our current generation dreads
It hinders intellectual development and poses the scenario in which the characters become extremely attached to consumerism
It becomes recognizable, the same issue dwindles among society, today
Anderson's allusions become evident Humanity's Ultimate Demise M.T. Anderson's novel, Feed by Carrighan Perry Within Feed, Anderson constantly alludes to the current deteriorating generation of mankind, and satirically demonstrates it. "We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck" (3). "'I'm trying to sleep,' Loga complained. She yawned. 'I'm flat-lining. Meg'" (7). "'This is...Dude,' he said.'Dude, this is some way bad sh**'"(55). How Intellectual Progression is Being Affected Intelligence is a measure of intellect and contained knowledge
However, it also involves the recognition of potential and realizing what needs to be done with it
With the ability to speak, think, and search any questionable material, the feed forces the user into dependency, and the results over time have proven to be detrimental to their society
"He just kept shaking his head and going, 'Yeah,' 'Yeah,' 'Yeah,' 'Oh, yeah'"(56).
"That's one of the great things about the feed-that you can be supersmart without ever working... like if you want to know which battles of the Civil War George Washington fought in and sh**"(47).
Following the hacking Violet has exposed the truth, and knows the feed must and can be resisted
"'It's like a spiral: They keep making everything more basic so it will appeal to everyone. And gradually, everyone gets used to everything being basic, so we get less and less varied as people, more simple'"(97). The Allusion to Society Today, society faces a problem much like the society in Feed
Anderson has created a scenario resembling the prevention of intelligence
Victimized by technology, individuals today, fail to seek out and obtain their full potential
It becomes society's main problem as no one wishes to learn everything they possibly can, to expand their intellect to the best of their abilities
The answer: smartphones and relating technology
A smartphone provides assistance in communication, reminders, and searching just about anything
The consumers no longer have anything to worry about with their lives at their fingertips
Compare and Contrast: The Feed vs The Typical Smartphone
The absence of the need for intelligence and brain function is the root for mankind's demise The Feed's Effect on Consumerism The Feed has the ability to catalog certain items an individual views, and then sends advertisements of items relating to the ones they have previously viewed
"Why not check out the brag collection of perspiration-control devices at the DVS Superpharmacy Hypersite?" (246).
"Feeling blue? Then dress blue! It's the Blue-Jean Warehouse's Final Sales Event!" (299).
In another instance, the push for sales results in physical harm, however; in this case it is a positive
Lesions: or cuts of the skin, actually prove to be a fashion statement
"'We were... just saying that the lesions look good'"(199).
The feed forces the exposure to such advertisements How the Feed's Consumerism Alludes to Present-Society The feed's ability to catalog the consumer is seen too often
"'Like they're watching us right now. They can tell where you're looking. They want to know what you want'"(97).
Online shopping: always suggests 'items you'll like'
People get daily emails regarding sales, as well as weekly newspapers, the feed is just faster
Much like the lesions, there are multiple fashion statements to be made today
People spend tons of money to ensure a 'brag' appearance and we soon become more worried about it
Corrupts us as individuals, causes us to be better consumers rather than people, hurts humanity
In one direct instance: Weatherbee and Crotch=Abercrombie and Fitch Satirical Demonstrations Worldly issue: removal of rain forests
Satire used: the forests were removed to make way for air factories, which were much more efficient
"'Do you know how inefficient trees are? Compared to air factories?'"(125).
To display the problem with advancing technology and consumerism, Anderson goes to all extremes to explain its future
Violet dies due to a failing feed
The corporations were unable to save her life being they are more concerned with her ability to be a consumer
As a result, Violet is left dead, a victim of the consumerism So what? M.T Anderson's novel, Feed, exposes the problems with lack of intellectual advancement and consumerism
Most of the instances seen in the novel can be applied to our society today
Increasingly, we are made to become better consumers, rather than better people Citations -Anderson, M. T. Feed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2002. Print.

-Bryan, Anne. Meg Null, or Like... Brag. 2012. Photograph. Literary Ashland, Ashland, Oregon.
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