Reminder of HW for Tuesday’s class (3/25)

Thanks to Sal for posting last week’s class notes (on Part 3 of feed) and to Mylisyaa for posting class notes from the week before (on Parts 1& 2).

Tomorrow we will continue our discussion of feed as well as our work on creating effective arguments and analysis. Just a friendly reminder that you should do the following in preparation for tomorrow’s class:

  • Finish feed and blog in response to Part 4 no later to tonight (thank you to those of you who already posted on this final section of the novel).
  • By the start of tomorrow’s class, you also need to complete your Essay #2 Pre-Drafts (thesis paragraph/Introduction + 3 claims/topic sentences + 6 pieces of supporting evidence–quotes + citations) on feed. Post it to the blog and bring four printed copies to class. Don’t wait until the last minute to print your papers: you should NOT show up late to class because you are still trying to print.
  • Each group was supposed to have posted their notes (thesis/claims/evidence) from class group work last week by last Wednesday. Thank you to Kimberly/Julie/Mildred/Yang Yang & Sal/Luciano/Pat for doing so on time. The other three groups should post their notes immediately (make sure you list your topic and all of your group members’ names).

I know many of you have strong reactions to how things play out at the end of the novel … I look forward to a great discussion tomorrow about the reading 🙂

Feed’s Language/Tone

So the book Feed by M. T. Anderson is quite interesting and frightful. At least that is what I think personally. I found the language hard to grasp. I guess it could be because of the fact the most books I read, are written in a clear and comprehensible language. Meaning, the books I read are that of an educated level, I’m not saying that Feed isn’t at an educated level, its just that perhaps the novels I read are maybe more of an amplification? I’m not sure I tried looking it up just now but I still can’t seem to put my finger on it. The closest was this Amplification(rhetoric) literary technique. But Feed seems to be more of a stream of conscious kind of writing thing or even perhaps an unreliable narrator technique. On a personal level, I find it hard to grasp the monologues and thoughts of this character named Titus in Feed. The way he spoke and the way his friends spoke were conversations that of a fifth grader trying to sound smart. I don’t know honestly how to describe this thought of mine that I can’t surface. Anyways, the frightful concept of this book that had chills running down my spine was this so called Feed. I still don’t seem to understand what the Feed actually is. I mean, I know that it has something to do as practically one’s own personal internet thing in their heads. Whereas ads and whatever else they wish to know come right to their thoughts. This one scene in the book that really can’t stop playing in my head is when Titus takes notice of the girl in gray wool and begins to observe her in all kinds of aspects and eventually when he tries to describe her spine, I believe it was, he couldn’t come up with a word to describe it. However, the ‘feed’ brings him up the word he couldn’t quite put his thought on, “supple.” I found it horrifying because now in modern society, there is this Bluetooth that allows one to instantly talk with someone with no need to hold the phone or other devices. So one talks and continues on with their tasks. Another thought that went by my head was this ridiculousness of apps on plasma tvs that allow one to stream videos, play games, and even to login in to their social media websites (like their phones isn’t enough already). The thing is, one is willing to spend all this money on non-expensive apps for the tv that eventually piles up to one big bill and practically spend all their time on it. What ever happened to exercise? I mean sure there is exercise in many lives, but compared to the 1980s we’re sloths! Anyway, the point to this is that the Feed can actually become a reality in the near future. With technology advancing faster than a rabbit in spring, the feed can be produced and make our lives dull. There won’t be any excitement in anything because all we’ll want to know will just be thought away from getting it.

Feed

Feed is a novel by M.T. Anderson that talks about Titus, a teenager with the feed implanted into his head. It effectively try to present a future version of reality that seems uncomfortably believable. His take-off of over tolerant consumerism and dependence on technology creates a believable world in which people have internet connections, and feeds implanted in their brains.

In the first chapter, Your Face Is Not an Organ, Titus, the teenage narrator of the novel, and his friends go to the moon to have fun but found that the moon is boring. They go on a Friday to go to the Ricochet Lounge, a low gravity nightclub where they wear space suits and bounce off one another. Besides Titus, his guy friends Link and Marty join him. Three female friends, Calista, Loga and Quendy come along too.

Titus and his friends spend their spring break on the moon, which turns out to “totally suck”. While having fun in a low-gravity bar, Titus meets a girl named Violet Durn and invites her to a party later. At the party, they are all infected with a virus by an anti-feed protester from the Coalition of Pity. They wake up later in a hospital with their feeds shut down.

In the hospital, Titus meets literate and traditionalist Violet and this makes him think about the feed. While she copes with her impending death, she teaches Titus to resist the feed. Titus comes to like Violet, who is clearly different from the rest of his friends. She is far less perturbed by the loss of the feed than the others, and she shows Titus what the world outside the feed is like. They form a relationship in the hospital while they wait for their feeds to be fixed.

Once the feed is fixed and they’re released, things quickly go back to normal. Titus and Violet continue to develop their relationship, and Violet continues to show Titus the negative influence of the feed and the rampant consumerism. Titus rationalizes most of Violet’s arguments away. Violet still manages to convince Titus to help her mess up the data mining that companies do by monitoring consumers’ habits through the feed. For all of one day, they go through as many stores as possible, acting interested in a wide variety of products and services that they never actually buy.

In the novel, majority of the American population has a feed that not only controls their thoughts, but also their bodily functions. The feeds are controlled by large corporations that basically serve as the new government.

Early in the novel, Anderson allude to the idea that people may have a sense that they are being taken advantage of, but no one cares enough to want to leave the comfort of normalcy. The author uses Titus, the narrator, to explain his society’s general apathy toward the overwhelming power that these corporations have over the society when he says, “I mean, it’s not great, because who knows what evil shit they’re up to. Everyone feels bad about that. But they’re the only way to get all this stuff, and it’s no good getting pissy about it, because they’re still going to control everything whether you like it or not.” (48-49).They have let the feed control too much of their lives and now they are slaves to it. It keeps their minds so cluttered with media and advertisements that no one has time to stop and think.

Feed – Part 1 & 2

Feed is futuristic view of life through the voices of teenagers. They describe a dark contaminated world where air is scarce. Although much of the kids behavior seems familiar, there is an underlying feeling of hopelessness. With chips planted in their brains and a constant flow of advertising and propaganda, they manage to survive. On some level they seem very normal. It is the unique challenges that they live with that are frightening.
The language used in the book seems familiar. Much of the slang is abbreviated and very often the dialogue is broken up. And the Feed is on all the time. The frantic pace created by the author gives me a feeling of urgency.
It seems that everyone has lesions somewhere on their body. Although they joke about them, I feel they have been infected. They actually try to make each other feel better about the sores. The girls actually talk about how “it’s on the edge of your face, so it frames your face.” And Violet then says, “I want mine to go all the way around. I want it to be like a necklace”. How do they deal with this? I would like to know if they are dying.
Violet is a girl the group meets when they go to the moon for spring break. They are underage and just like in our world, their plans are limited. Titus seems to be the most mature of the group. He has spotted this girl and is attracted to the fact that she is different. She notices him as well.
On the moon there is little gravity. It is a wild scene filled with tourists and strangers. The boys like to play around in the environment. Titus seems to be worried about how they are perceived. He doesn’t like when they act “stupid.” The girls seem to stick together and be influenced by the Feed quite easily. Twice, they disappear and come back with different hairstyles.
When they seem to be enjoying themselves, they are suddenly attacked. By just being touched, the messages they hear change. They have no control over their speech. They are chanting and can’t stop. The Feed has stopped. These are just children who really become frightened. Nobody understands what is going on…..and they wake up in the hospital.
After being told what to buy, what music to listen to, how to live, where to eat all the time, there is silence. The doctors don’t really fill them in and the parents are on the way. Only Violets parents aren’t coming. Through this catastrophe, Titus and Violet are growing close. She wears clothes from the past. She actually writes the “lost” language. He seems fearless in some way.
As I continue reading, I wonder about Violet and her story. These characters lose their minds for a couple of days. They are forced to live without the Feed and they adapt. Time seemed to slow down for a time and they almost seemed happier. I didn’t want them to be programmed. I had the feeling that they would have been fine without it.

Feed Part One and Part Two

This amazing book called Feed written by M. T. Anderson has a setting of a futuristic view and also based on the idea of the future in space. The book focuses on the protagonist named Titus and his friends and how they manage to live in this world that revolves and which they depend on something called Feed, Feed is like a type of internet or technological device that is set in their mind which they use for almost everything and then theres one person whos completely different and fights against it and does not use it.

In part one and two of the book Feed, Titus and his friends go to the moon for spring break and while they are there they encounter a friendship with a young girl named Violet. Titus thought Violete was the most beautifulist girl, and he started to grow physical attraction for her. As Titus and his friends introduce themselves to Violete they decide to go out and as they have a fun yet terryfying experience at the club they all get mind hacked and they end up being shut off And taken to the Hospital. During their stay at the hospital waiting to recover everything lost on their feed, Titus and Violet start to grow a stronger physical and emotional attraction for eachother at that moment Titus starts to realize Violet is not like the others,shes much smarter and stronger. Violet has the ability ro write with pencil and read unlike Titus and his friends,Violete also knows another language from the heart (65) and also she is the only one who truely understands some concepts such as the word metaphor (63). This book was very difficult and confusing during the first pages of the beginning chapter but then as i read on i started to understand what was really going on and where everything was taking place and also what the setting was. I couldnt underatand many of the terms or words they used in the book but eventually as i read on i started to understand more. With reading the first parts of the book i think that throughout their expierence in the moon they will encounter many problems with society and the role it plays,such as with the Feed they use. From what happened to Titus and his friends at the club i think this will probably happen more often or something similar will re encounter and will cause society to change or maybe Violet will be able to fight and change society for good and not for worse Which was what was going to happen.

Feed part 1&2

Feed by M. T. Anderson is a futuristic novel about Titus and his group of friends. Titus and his friends go to the moon to spend their time during spring break. They try to enjoy the moon, even though it gets boring sometimes. They like it there because there is low gravity. All of their minds are set to a device called the feed. The feed is like a network where they are always connected to digital sites, such as music, entertainment programs and even chatting. They chat with others through m- chatting. Later Titus meets a girl named Violet, and he seems to like her a lot for some reason. Titus’s friends, Link, Marty, Calista, Loga, and Quendy meet Violet, but they think she is different than them. They all went to a club, and while they were at the club, a man hacks into their feeds, eventually they end up in the hospital. Their feeds weren’t working for some time. In the mean time, Titus and Violet start a romantic relationship. While they were recovering, Titus’s father came to see him.

The beginning of the novel was very confusing. A lot of things they were talking about was hard to understand, but it got clearer as I read on. At first it was hard to understand what the feed was. The language they use is confusing as well. In the novel, they don’t write with pens and things like that and when Violet writes with a pen in front of Titus, Titus was surprised that she writes. He questions her about that, he asked her ” you write” and she answered “sure.”(65) Their literacy wasn’t that great because they are always connected to the feed.