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).


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.

4 comments on “But is it prechewed?

  1. shoreacres says:

    The passivity of Americans can be breath-taking. The great irony is that so many activities that are touted as means of “engagement”, such as social media, achieve precisely the opposite.

    Here’s another little something to ponder – a kind of conflation of two issues. Years Decades ago, I worked with Dr. Stan Dudrick at the Texas Medical Center. A surgeon, he was one of the first to explore the possibilities of bowel bypass for weight reduction. Post-surgery, patients were “fed” by a subclavian catheter. The point, of course, was to remove the catheter as soon as possible, but it took time. When patients were allowed to return to real food, most reported being relieved to be able to taste, chew and swallow again.


    • Sophie says:

      “The great irony is that so many activities that are touted as means of “engagement”, such as social media, achieve precisely the opposite.”

      Yeah, that’s so true. A lot of chatter and little substance. A study has shown, too, that the more you use Facebook, the worse you feel, because people can use it to make their lives look and sound so great and fulfilling even when the reality’s different.


      • Bill says:

        I agree too. As for facebook, my wife has quit reading it and says she feels much better as a result. I had to block lots of folks over the last 6 months or so as the maddening stuff they were posting was ruining my days, and revealing things about them that I would rather not have discovered. It is something I really need to edit out of my life.


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