Friday, July 17, 2015

Feed - Book Review

FeedFeed by M.T. Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Our connection to technology is quickly moving from the fingertip interface to the visual controls of the eye. Just over the horizon lies the ability to wirelessly connect the web directly to our mind - no reason to mess with clumsy input devices like fingers. MT Anderson explores a not too distant future where we are constantly wired to the net, pop up ads and direct messaging included.

The hyperconnectivity leads to a degradation of intellect as humans become the sheep of industry - impulsively consuming everything thrown their way. This is where we find a group of teenagers, partying on the moon, slaves to the instantaneous delights of being in the moment. In the midst of their revelry their feeds are hacked, they are left disconnected.

With a little medical ctrl-alt-del the group is back on line, except for Violet, whose feed input is beyond repair.

This book is hard to get into because the characters are frustrating, the decline of intellect is hard to follow as it seems they are almost speaking a foreign language. However, once you learn their language you begin to ask yourself if we could, would we try to slow down some of this technological advancement and ask ourselves, "Just because we can, does that mean we should?"



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