What might a society look like if we removed currency? Why do we buy things? Sometimes they are what we need, other times they are what we want. Our thought process is very complicated. We are interested by objects we are pleased with. We use technology to do majority of the things today. It is an advancement made to ease our lives. But is this the best for the future? Feed was a novel that focused on key ideas we have towards human society and how it runs. For example, consumerism and technological modernization.
Earth, it is no longer what we thought it would be. From the beautiful trees and the calm nature. All gone. Imagine that, we destroyed the same world that gave us life and knowledge. The same world with the perfect condition to give life and offspring. What might a world be like? All from our thirst for new and improved products. Consumerism. We all know that fossil fuel and greenhouses were made to either create products in factories or to discard the products that were used. But we have no worries to whether it is beneficial to our people This is a reason why the earth is slowly deteriorating because we are interested only in the consumption of our products. We have no interest in how they are produced, or what happens to them once we discard them, once we throw them away. From this we can infer that the environment of earth is destroyed. This finally lets Titus to be more open minded. He realizes the state the world is in. As Titus and his friends worry about which trend and fashion is the hottest for the week, they have no intention to care where the product came from and where would they end up. Titus would be separated as well as others into categories. The feed is making everyone less sophisticated and simpler so they can make marketing less complicated: “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. So the corps make everything even simpler. And it goes on and on”(97). Violet carries messages to Titus as he is just a simple child that lived in the system of the feed his entire life. They have no doubts about the feed because it covers every single aspect of their life. It changes him to focus more critically on the smaller things in their basic necessities. His thoughts are cemented towards simplicity. No matter how hard we attempt to have the best and most advance technology we will always fall short.
Technology advancements take place every second of everyday. Our society, eager and curious, trying to obtain the best, most relevant software to impress others with our petty little minds, trying to one up others. Technology can be valuable to a certain extent. In that case, if it is over used, it could make our basic doings dependent on the device. Learning would be unnecessary task and a waste of time and cash when we could be searching it up online: ‘“That’s one of the great things about the feed — that you can be super smart without ever working’”(90). Life would be so easy going and calm if the feed existed. But would you plant and chip inside your head when you were born to use which connects to your brain and effects your mental and physical state? Titus thinks that having a feed is a nifty gadget to play with. But later on he discovers the damage it could cause, with Violet paralyzed as a result of a damaged feed. This relates to real world situations. As the world progress to learn about technology, we spent more time on fidgeting with our phones and computer. We survived for thousands of years without phones. Do you thing you can do so for one day?
Technology and consumerism similar because they shape our lives, different because of how they affect our lives. From advertisements to fashion and technology, consumerism surrounds us with new possessions. Nonetheless, technology is glued to some of our brains, literally Titus in the Feed. Consumerism and Technological advancements can affect us in the near future. But what can we learn from this science fiction to put into real life scenarios?
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