Feed opens with Titus and his friends traveling to the moon, only to be underwhelmed by the experience. The moon, they find, is dull and predictable—same stores, same foods, same people, and so forth. It is, of course, disturbing to think that there might come a point in the future when people might be so thoroughly numb and apathetic that they even complain about how boring their trip to the moon was. But this is Anderson’s point: the moon is a symbol for the way the society described in Feed takes everything that is beautiful and mysterious about the world and transforms it into something that is tacky, banal, and above all consumable. In this way, the moon becomes an unlikely symbol of consumer malaise in Feed.
The Feed quotes below all refer to the symbol of The moon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.).
The timeline below shows where the symbol The moon appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Your Face is Not An Organ
Part 1: Impact
Part 1: The Moon is in the House of Boring
Part 2: Father
Part 2: Release
The ads explain that people have been protesting the American “annexation of the moon” under the leadership of the American President Trumbull. Other ads sell a “feed-sim battle game”... (full context)
Part 3: Lose the Chemise
Part 4: 54.1%