The Dissispation of Vocabulary
In the novel Feed by M.T. Anderson, the main characters are young adults, attempting to find excitement and adventure while on the moon. In this futuristic world, the main takeaway for me was the lack of vocabulary by the characters and the inability to express themselves. This was most obvious when the main character was speaking to his friends and thinking to himself. The repeated use of “stupid” and “dumb” were not only annoying to read, but showed the lack of diversity within the character’s vocabulary. The character is a young adult, so by today’s standards this character is well below the average vocabulary for a high schooler. The author seems to do this because he wants to emphasis the effects of advanced technology on young people. In today’s world, the use of telephones and the internet by children has changed how they learn and what they do for fun.
The trend toward electronic education and entertainment has brought up questions regarding the effectiveness and consequence of these new methods. In this advanced world the author seems to insinuate that the technology they use in their heads has affected the character’s ability to communicate effectively with others. Today, the fear is that technology will make children antisocial and they will grow up without the necessary communication skills. This was evident while I was growing up, as my parents were wary of too many video games and giving me and my brother a cell phone at too early of an age. In some cases, this worry was warranted, but in many cases the use of technology is harmless and sometimes an improvement on previous methods. Despite the positive impact technology can have, the author has chosen to project a world where technology has destroyed much of the younger generation’s knowledge of language and their ability to use it.