Cyber Security, Health, Astronomy, Consumerism, Cybernetics, Cyborgs, Big Data, Algorithms
With new back matter and a refreshed cover
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their .heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy girl who has decided to fight the feed and its ever-present ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. M. T. Anderson’s not-so-brave new world is a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now
Our friends over at Argonne National Laboratory helped us understand a bit more about cyber security. Jennifer showed us the basics of hacking into a crypto puzzle, and she’ll be joining us November 16th and 17th as STEM Read delves into Feed by MT Anderson.
Adaptation Through Variation
In this science PBL, students research natural selection and adaptation in a species. Then students predict how humans will adapt in the future because their bodies are now integrated with the Feed or because they travel to areas with varying gravity. The students’ research will then be presented in a documentary format.
Time frame: Allow 7-12 class periods.
Create a Commercial
With the Feed, people are constantly bombarded with advertisements and other input. In this writing and media arts lesson, students will create a commercial for a unique product.
Design a Club
The Ricochet Lounge on the moon was a giant bubble (sphere). In this math and art PBL, students will select a 3-D figure and design a venue for entertainment.
Titus and his friends visited the Ricochet Lounge on the moon. The object was to “Slam the Ones You Love.” On Earth, engineers work very hard to reduce the effect of impact during collisions. In this PBL, students develop a device that will protect a delicate object when it is slammed into a wall.
It’s Just a Phase
Much of the important action in the book, Feed, takes place on the moon. In this project based activity, students will first research and name the phases of the moon. Then students will use a variety of materials to create a model that illustrates the cyclic patterns of lunar phases.
The story centers on the fictional concept that technology has changed to the point that it is thoroughly integrated into the human anatomy. With this PBL, students research a technology of today, present its history, and predict the future of the technology.
What’s the Word?
In the book, the feed suggests words that might fill in the sentence you are thinking about. In this lesson, students write a story with blanks, then suggest a list of words for each of the blanks.
Messages In Space
Friends in the book Feed could communicate with each other even if some of them were on the moon or Mars. But, how long would it really take a message to get to someone on another planet? In this math lesson, students calculate answers to problems with large numbers and scientific notation.
M. T. Anderson is an accomplished author of a wide range of titles, including works of fantasy and satire, for readers of various ages. He studied English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.
M. T. Anderson is known for challenging readers to look at the world in new ways. “We write because we can’t decipher things the first time around,” he says. His previous books include Thirsty, a vampire novel; Burger Wuss, a revenge story set in a fast-food emporium; and Feed, a futuristic satirical novel widely lauded as one of the most important and pioneering works of the recent dystopian craze. A finalist for the National Book Award, Feed received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize or YA fiction in 2003 and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor.