The right to be forgotten

The Internet threatens to have
An eternal memory.
Who we were this year online
Will be there in endless continuum
Blazoned in pixels
Until kingdom come,
Unless some dramatic event
Somehow causes non-routine erasure of our data.
The algorithms project our future
By mirroring our past choices back to us
But humans are not linear,
We face incredible setbacks
We make breathtaking comebacks
And are constantly evolving
As we rub against reality.
Our digital lives, however,
Don’t always leave room
For moving on from
Who we once were;
Becoming a new person
As it turns out,
Is incredibly hard
In the digital age
Because the Internet
Doesn’t easily afford us
The right to forget
Parts of ourselves
We no longer identity with.

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