Feed: A Great Stories Club Discussion

feed cover

“Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.”

Our last book discussion for the Great Stories Book Club: “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution” GSC theme was Feed by M.T. Anderson. This was probably one of the deepest discussions we’ve had all year, and it felt good to end on such a positive note.

feed group

Some of the members from our last meeting. Teacher, Kevin far left and me, Kristy on the far right.

We talked about the power corporations have over us through marketing. Students explored the kind of influence they believe that advertising has on them and strategies they use to fight it. The students debated whether or not they would have the feed implanted if they lived in a future society where the feed was the norm and was expected.

We ended book club by watching homemade trailers of Feed that were posted on YouTube, and we discussed how accurate they portrayed the book.

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