Examining a classmate’s work
We will look at this essay together, using the rubric. Then look at your own work. What can we learn from this work?
Read the final paragraph on page 290. How is Violet a symbol for the consumptive commercial lifestyle? (Consider both the way Titus treats her at the end, and the way ‚Äúthey‚Äù ‚Äì the industry react when she has problems with her feed)
Everything was begun by installing a little chip on brains. ‚ÄúWe tried our best to interest a variety of possible corporate sponsors, but we regret to tell you that you were turned down‚Äù (247). Pictured a situation being thrown away because you didn‚Äôt buy many products. Imagine being treated as a junk product by corporations and acquaintances. In the book called Feed by M.T. Anderson shows us how the development of technological machine neglect a man‚Äôs worth and treat humans in a way they want. In this novel, people with this multifunctional gadget called Feed, which provides free searching and chatting stems through a computer network, think in ways the corporations want and buying things that the corporations advertised. As many people have the feed, the users are being slaves of the companies which treat them as products, not as humans and only use them when they work properly.
Everything was fine when they met on the moon at the first time. Everyone including Titus and his friends like Violet when she was pretty and smart girl. ‚ÄúI followed her when I could‚Ä¶I watched her though my underarm‚Äù (17). Titus, a teenager boy, saw Violet, a pretty girl who went to the moon, fell in love with her. He tried to be friends with her by following and talking and trying to meet as many time he could. However, he was totally changed when Violet‚Äôs feed wasn‚Äôt working well. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm kind of busy‚Ä¶I‚Äôm really sorry‚Äù (259). He doesn‚Äôt care about her anymore. He refused to meet with her and didn‚Äôt want to be with her when she became stupid with the malfunction feed even though he was the best friend of her. He doesn‚Äôt think her as a friend.
No one tries to help a person when their feeds are malfunctioning. The other users whose are working well just ignore the one who has malfunctioning feed and leave them to be broken. ‚ÄúUnfortunately, FeedTech and other investors reviewed your purchasing history, and we don‚Äôt feel that you would be a reliable investment at this time‚Äù (247). ¬†The corporations that own the feeds don‚Äôt want to fix problems if the person hasn‚Äôt bought many products from them, they check the purchase list and decide whether help or not. The users are products for companies to earn money, not humans.
In the feed world, the users are not the humans anymore. They are being treated as products that can be thrown away any time when the owners are tired of them. The feeds, the new owners of the society, control the users when they work properly and throw away or let them to be broken when they are not working well.