Feeding Memories

Science fiction in general is a genre that does not age particularly well. That makes M.T Anderson’s Feed an even more remarkable book.

From Wikipedia:

Feed (2002) is a young adult dystopian novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by M. T. Anderson. The novel focuses on issues such as corporate power, consumerism, information technology, data mining, and environmental decay, with a sometimes sardonic, sometimes somber tone. From the first-person perspective of a teenager, the novel presents a near-futuristic American culture completely dominated by advertising and corporate exploitation, corresponding to the enormous popularity of internetworking brain implants.

Facebook Memories

Every time I see Facebook memories I’m reminded of a line from Feed:
“People had been getting nostalgia for fashions that were closer and closer to their own time, until finally people became nostalgic for the moment they were actually living in, and the feedback completely froze them.”

And of course The Onion has a post related to the issue.
http://www.theonion.com/article/new-facebook-notifications-alert-users-when-they-n-37795

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