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M. T. Anderson

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Feed: Part 3: Nudging Again Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
That night, Titus has nightmares. Someone pokes his head with a broom. He sees riots in the streets and burning American flags and “fields of black,” in which tiny animals are being killed.
It’s possible that hackers are sending Titus these images, which show what is happening around the world as a consequence of excessive consumerism.
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Suddenly, Violet chats Titus. She explains that somebody was “nosing around” in her feed, even though she put up her shield. Violet tries to call FeedTech Customer Assistance, but the automated responder just tells Violet about the products available to her and, frustrated, Violet signs off. Both Violet and Titus go back to sleep.
Titus isn’t the only person having his feed hacked: Violet’s feed has been hacked, too. However, Violet is unable to get any help from her feed, since the only purpose of her feed is to sell products.
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In the interlude, there’s a commercial that begins “Somebody once said it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich guy to get into Heaven.” Then, the ad switches to selling a new car that can get through “any gate.”
The meaning of the “eye of the needle” quote (uttered by Jesus Christ, not just “somebody”) is that wealth is an obstacle to salvation. In Titus’s world, this sentiment is unthinkable, hence the absurd appropriation of Christ’s words to sell cars.
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