For Immediate Release
September 29, 2009
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Brockport, NY – Author M.T. Anderson visited The College at Brockport, State University of New York, campus today as the culmination of the freshman Summer Reading Program. Anderson, whose book, feed, was this year’s program selection, met throughout the day with students, alumni and emeriti groups, and faculty and staff.
Each freshman at the College participates in the Summer Reading Program. The purpose of this program is to help orient new students to the Brockport academic community by having a common reading experience with fellow classmates and faculty members. First-year students received a copy of the book with support materials and additional information about the program in early July.
The book describes a future in which most individuals are connected to an Internet–like system via a mechanical devise implanted at an early age into their brains. This “feed” becomes intrinsically connected with physical brain activity allowing people to mentally “chat” with each other, receive advertising pop–ups when they think, see or hear particular cues, and carry out financial transactions. How this new technology/biology affects communication and how a group of young people interact with each other and the world is the backdrop for feed’s plot.
Freshmen first "met" the author when introduced himself electronically during Summer Orientation before they read the book. At their September meeting, Freshman Council members reported that after hearing Anderson explain in the video that his anger at being "told what he should want" compelled him to write feed, they were able to understand the dystopian satire on a deeper level.
In addition to the lecture by Mr. Anderson, students have since had multiple opportunities to examine the book from different vantage points as they attend events and presentations related to the book. These include an essay and art contest, lectures from Brockport and visiting faculty, and viewing related films.
Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Award for Young Adult fiction in 2003. It was additionally a finalist for the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Anderson has also written a number of children’s picture books.
The summer reading project is a valued experience at The College at Brockport and continues to be part of the College’s involvement in the American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement, a national, multi-campus initiative that seeks to foster informed civic engagement in the United States.
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