On forcing vulnerability

It is quite unnaturalFor us to share so much of our inner life.To have a communal spaceWhere our private musingsAre open for public discourse.Not every voice needs to be heardNot every thought said aloud.We can still be wholeAnd have secrets.Discretion is not a vice.Ultimately part of what makesVulnerability so valuableIs how rare it is.Don’t force […]

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Feast and famine

When the lights are on usAnd our cause is in the newsIt feels as thoughThe wheels of history are turningIn our favorAnd will always do so.But the megaphone of our cultural momentIs also coupled with a strange kind ofAttention Deficit DisorderWhere the chronic problems of our worldHave been reduced to click-bait and sound bitesMaking them […]

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Wasting time

ScrollingIs sadly therapeutic.Those ten second clipsCan turn into hour long bingesThat make for easy entertainmentSomething other than your problems to think aboutOffering you a seat into someone else’s comedyPrecisely because your own life is no laughing matter.Wasting timeScrollingIs sadly therapeutic.

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Baseline of Civility

When we disagreeIs everything now in question?Are we just one conversation awayFrom being sworn enemies?One false stepFrom being cancelled?Perhaps one of the greatest disappointmentsOf modern lifeAnd life on the internet,Is that while we can nowRub up against a mind-numbinglyVast number of peopleThat we would have never encounteredOutside of the Internet,We are alsoRemarkably willingTo throw in […]

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Itchy Fingers

He hadn’t realisedThat he’d been using technologyTo medicate his pain.Reaching for his phoneFor a song that would drown outHis quiet desperation,Bingeing TVAs a means of escaping realityOnly to find that he is still himselfWhen the credits roll.His fingers itchedNot for another hand to hold-But a screen to tapAnd pixels to stare at,Subconsciously hoping that maybeThe […]

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Expecting Miracles

In a world of ultra convenienceWe seem to have acquiredA strange new strand of impatience,Getting madWhen things that were onceInconceivable for human beingsDon’t happen for usOn demand.These devices in our pocketsBring us promisesOf the truly miraculousEvery morning:Access to ‘private’ conversations around the globe,Endless streams of knowledgeSeemingly bottomless pools of possibility-Until our geographical realitySlaps us in […]

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The right to be forgotten

The Internet threatens to haveAn eternal memory.Who we were this year onlineWill be there in endless continuumBlazoned in pixelsUntil kingdom come,Unless some dramatic eventSomehow causes non-routine erasure of our data.The algorithms project our futureBy mirroring our past choices back to usBut humans are not linear,We face incredible setbacksWe make breathtaking comebacksAnd are constantly evolvingAs we […]

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Instant messaging

Doesn’t mean Instant responses Should be demanded Or endless availability Expected. Being online Doesn’t obligate a person To to giving you their attention, And them seeing a message Is not the same as Being ready to respond to it. The promise of instant messaging Is that a message Can be drafted on one device And […]

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Working in the dark

If no one reads your writingWould you have wasted your words?If no one else hears your angelic voiceWill you have squandered your talent?If you keep the best parts of your life to yourselfAre you depriving the world?Or yourself?Does the work only matterIf someone else sees it?Does life itself only countIf it is visible to others?Yes […]

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The Overview Effect

Things often look better (or terribly worse)From a distance.The view from 10, 000 feetCan blur the harsh edgesOf daily life.There are few people’s experiencesWe will ever know intimately enoughTo savour the nuance of theirComplicated relationships,Controversial decisions orConvoluted life trajectories.No matter how much news we consumeOr how many Instagram pages we followWe may just get the […]

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