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An Old Fart’s Ode to Social Media

15 May
An Old Fart’s Ode to Social Media

The Online Conversation
(To the tune of “The Dangling Conversation” by Paul Simon)

It’s the Facebook photo albums
Of our pets, and our kids,
The flood of birthday eCards,
And funny YouTube vids,
Constantly tweeting our experience,
Like our journals read aloud,
Our pearls cast to the crowd,
In the online conversations
And the superficial memes,
Of our personal news streams.

You read your Weekly Standard,
And I my Huffington Post,
Then do battle in the comments,
To see who’s Liked the most.
Since we all answer at our leisure
Our rants and our responses
In fits and spurts will climb
In free-style Hip Hop time
Forming the online conversations
And the superficial memes,
Of our personal news streams.

Yes, we blog of things that matter
With words that must be read
“Can Instagram be worthwhile?”
“Is MySpace really dead?”
And how the chat rooms are so jaded
I can only view your profile,
I cannot feel your hand,
You’re a Facebook friend unto me,
Lost in the Online conversations,
And the superficial memes
Of our personal news streams.

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(When I finally stopped lamenting the loss of communication skills by a generation more comfortable with texting than with face-to-face conversation, I started to understand and accept. What I thought had been destroyed, I now saw to have evolved. Now I embrace the new social media, and hope to be able to ease the transition for other “seniors” with future articles.

 

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Poetry

 

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One response to “An Old Fart’s Ode to Social Media

  1. Tom

    May 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Nice work on the verse, and I think you’ve just about covered it. We have evolved, and nothing will send us back except a lack of electrical energy. Oh, but don’t worry, as long as there is the slightest hope, we’ll strip the planet of all that’s good to feed our insatiable desire for what we want. Nice work Phil.

     

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