While many of the books we read this semester taught facts (The Phantom Tollbooth) or morals (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Feed instructs its readers from a philosophical approach. Feed foreshadows the future where capitalism and consumerism oppresses society. In this future people have lost their intelligence, ability to think, and their capabilities to act without information from the “Feed”.
Facts and basic morals are rarely disputed. As we have seen from previous posts on Feed, this didactic approach to philosophy is highly controversial. Most would agree that one should help others or two plus two equals four. On the other hand there are many believe an invention such as the feed would jump start civilization, not bring it to its demise. This book also reminds me of The Giver, a novel that tackles the issue of humans’ tendency to conform to society.
Both of these books are aimed at older children or young adults. There seems to be a trend of teaching younger children well-established material and as they grow exposing them more and more to controversial topics. I wonder what the underlying reasons for this may be. Do adults want to teach children a base of knowledge before exposing them to speculations on the unknown? Do adults see younger children as not able to form their own opinions on controversial issues? Is this another case of adults trying to maintain the innocence of children?