Feed

Feed

by

M. T. Anderson

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Summary
Analysis
Titus’s dad shows up at the hospital, trying to look “businesslike.” When he visits his son, he just stares for a few seconds before remembering that Titus can’t “chat” right now.
The feed has alienated Titus from his father, and vice versa. They have no idea how to express compassion for one another, or even communicate without their feeds.
Themes
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Titus asks his dad how “Smell Factor” is doing, and his father replies, “Your brother has a name.” Titus’s father continues, “Dude, this is some way bad shit.” He explains that the corporation wants to subpoena Titus’s memories. He keeps nodding and saying “okay,” as if talking to somebody who’s not there. Then, he leaves.
Titus’s father, it would seem, is just as oblivious as Titus—he has no way of expressing sympathy for his son, because he’s so dependent on the feed, and so wrapped up in his own life.
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Violet explains that her parents are “busy with jobs,” and might not be able to come to the moon at all.
Violet continues to behave mysteriously, suggesting that there’s some kind of tension between herself and her parents, or that perhaps they’re not wealthy enough to be able to come to the moon so easily.
Themes
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon