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M. T. Anderson: Feed

March 25th, 2008 by Dave · No Comments


In Feed,M. T. Anderson describes a dystopic future, in which the majority of Americans are continually online, via neural implants. The feed supplies a constant stream of advertisements and entertainment options, while keeping tabs on the users consumption patterns.

The story follows two high school students, one of whom (atypically) questions the value of the feed and follows news reports that are absent from the mainstream media. While the satire is not subtle, it is accurate and heartfelt. I really enjoyed the book and, afterwards, noticed that it was written for “young adults”. Thus, it may be appropriate for advanced English learners.

In addition to offering a chance to read about and discuss global issues in an interesting way, Feed,also features interesting language. Anderson’s characters use a variety of fictitious slang words. The roots of many of these are readily apparent, and could lead to discussions on how language changes over time.

In addition, I think students might enjoy seeing the playful, creative aspect to language. This book could lead to discussions of the fact that there isn’t an absolute right and wrong when it comes to grammar and vocabulary. At the same time, some students might get frustrated with the unfamiliar words and see no point in learning terms that don’t exist outside of the novel.

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