Feed Portfolio

By: Sarru Bajwa

PART C: Connection ( page 1 to 40 )

The novel feed by M.T Anderson, portrays teenagers in a future like setting, where technology is re-invented to aid every function of their lives. Although being in different generations and circumstances, the teens in feed share many similarities from our lives today. The use of slang is evident from feed as well as our lives today - slang evolves from generation to generation, in feed meg is used to describe a large quantity of something, while today we commonly refer to it using the word bare. Bored and null also share the same meaning and as well as weasel faced ( as referred to in feed) and being shit-faced, (commonly used today) to describe a drunk state. Trends are also commonly seen in both worlds where teens are eager to jump and follow the latest trends - in feed Quendy and Calista run to the bathroom to follow the new hairstyle trends as soon as the news reaches them, while in this day and age, teens share the same aggression to follow these trends as soon as possible (crafting them as soon as possible - known as D.I.Y) The fake bird that everyone carries around in feed connects how in both worlds, anything can be turned into a trend that teens will all follow if carefully marketed enough (as odd as the fake bird, today teens wear chokers that are undoubtedly are un comfortable, however were marketed enough to become a trending success today). The Ricohet lounge also reflects a new version of a bowling ally - both bring a sporty place for teens to hangout and play with specific uncommon equipment for pure entertainment. Feed's advertising to adults and teens also reflects advertisement that we see today on a daily base. When Titus would look up and someone or something ( like a hotel), prices and merchandise would pop up regarding that product - just like today where your internet history influences your advertisement pop ups on your device (today, on the internet searching for math lessons would cause tutoring adds to pop up). Lesions also reflect pimples in our world, in how they are portrayed as and described as. On page 21, Quendy states '' It'a huge and it's right on my forehead. It's like bonning!'', describing her lesions, where a teen today would exactly be heard describing a pimple as. Lastly, scatter feeding in feed, reflects our social media app today that allows us to also share pictures with each others in an instant, which is called Instagram (commonly used by everyone). Overall, in feed connections between the teens in the future are still evident to us today, despite the vast foreign differences readers find.

PART C: Quote master ( page 40 to 75 )

On page 47, paragraph 1 in feed, Titus states ''before that, they had to use their hands and their eyes. Computers were all outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened it to breathe.''. He refers to the computers as the phones and laptops we currently use, before the feed was invented. This quote is a very significant moment in feed because it shows the severity of how independent the people of feed become on technology. To the point where Titus even compares it to an important body part that provides the function of a human body, dying without it. To the point where the feed and his lungs are portrayed the same thing, and he needs the feed inside him to be whole, to ''breath again'' - as Titus quotes. It shows their lack of independence and obsession with the feed, acting as if its a part in their body that they can not function without. This quote also shows their venerability, where they completely depend on the feed for basic functions- the feed being a part of their body run by corporates and company's and can be changed or taken away easily from them.

PART C: Discussion Director ( page 75 - 205)

1. Does technology induce isolation to the people of feed?

I personally believe that the new technology introduced in feed does cause the extreme measures of isolation. This is because technology is advertised as something that is needed in peoples lives and persuades people into thinking that life is better with it - this causes the people of feed to be consumed in technology, forgetting to live outside of it. This is evident from feed when Titus mentions that smell factor (his brother) spends all his free time locked up in a closed, consumed in watching the feed all day. While a normal boy would be playing in a park with friends, the feed (a form of technology) causes smell factor to isolate himself from his life, because of the obsession of technology. Another example proving my statement, is the party that Titus attends. Everyone described at the party is caught up in the feed, never talking to one another and all listening to different music and watching separate shows - a room full of people that yet all happen to be isolated from one another. Consumed in the feed, they forgot to socialize with one another and instead isolate themselves in corners (even at a party) with the feed. Lastly the domes (also a new form of technology in feed) also shows how much isolation is evident and taken afar. The dome allows people to detach from their neighbours and isolate the outside world from themselves - the dome serving no other purpose. Overall, even though from afar, the technology used in feed claims to 're connect' people, it really causes people do dis connect from each other and become isolated.

2. Ask yourself and your classmates that if you were to grow up in feed, just like Titus and his friends, would you protest against the feed (like Violet) or go along with the feed, without any resistance?

When this question was asked to my group members , everyone all generally agreed that they would all protest against the feet, just as Violet had. This is because while reading a book about a different generation from ours ( describing Titus life and situation), we enter reading with the knowledge of only our generation and the 'norm' that our generation has drilled into our heads. Therefor, when looking back at Titus life, we see it as foreign, which leaves us to be confused and infuriated, asking ourselves why Titus doesn't speak up like Violet - who we as readers consider sane or normal in our eyes. However if we did grow up in the feed, non of us would actually protest against the feed like we believe we would, because the society in feed would become normal to us and we would be forced to adjust. If someone from the Shakespeare era read a book that described our life today, they would also question if we were sane. They would read about smart boards on top of chalkboards, ipads in classes, everyone spending hours on mini portable computers (phones) and class assignments handed in online. Which would all sound foreign and they would ask the same questions we ask when reading through Titus life. Overall, even though everyone can easily say that they would be a hero in feed (the one to protest) - when really put into the situation, psychologically they would follow along with the rest of society, just as we do today, without questioning technology or our society today.

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PART C: Media Guru ( page 205 to 299 )

I choose this dark art piece because it really portrayed what Violet saw, that others could not see and what she fought against. It shows the that companys that were in feed were willing to anything to make profit, even if it resulted in the destruction of others and the world. In feed, companies go so far as to deny people health access who don't support them (resulting to Violets death), building cites on top of forests, taking away the privacy and freedom of others, branding everything (from schools to clouds) - all to generate profit. This accurately represents how companies in feed will still continue to destroy earth, even after Violet leaves.