The friends’ parents have been contacted. The only one of them who hasn’t been “touched by the hacker” is Loga. The police confirm that the hacker is a “naysayer of the worst kind.” In the meantime, the friends’ will have to remain off-line while the authorities examine their feed history to aid in the investigation of the hacker. Titus’s head feels “real empty.”
Notice that the hacker’s real crime, according to the police, is disagreeing with the social dogma (being a “naysayer”). Titus is so dependent on his feed that he feels “empty” without it. The brevity of the chapters in this part of the book suggests that time seems to be passing very slowly without the feeds.