But is it prechewed?

Here’s a device someone has invented that will allow a person to eat without having to leave his computer or video game:  “The Ultimate Food Feeder Gaming Helmet.” (read more about this great advance for humanity HERE).

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It serves “Fridge Raiders,” described on the company’s facebook page as “the ultimate snack for gamers.”

As I reflect on things such as this, my mind turns (as it so often does) to Wendell Berry.

Patrons of the entertainment industry, for example, entertain themselves less and less and have become more and more passively dependent on commercial suppliers. This is certainly true also of patrons of the food industry, who have tended more and more to be mere consumers — passive, uncritical, and dependent. Indeed, this sort of consumption may be said to be one of the chief goals of industrial production. The food industrialists have by now persuaded millions of consumers to prefer food that is already prepared. They will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into our mouth is only because they have found no profitable way to do so. We may rest assured that they would be glad to find such a way. The ideal industrial food consumer would be strapped to a table with a tube running from the food factory directly into his or her stomach.

From “The Pleasures of Eating” (1989)

No doubt some entrepeneur is already trying to find a way to make the Ultimate Food Feeder Gaming Helmet less labor-intensive.

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