what mobs and avatars share.
B is for bluster, bang and blame
The weapons they use in debate.
C is citations, and the absence of them
The impossibility of debating ideas.
D is for Death, and your life online,
And the trolls who will dance on your grave.
E is for expert: a convincing ID
Attached to an email address.
F is for forum, short for asshole
Shouting another one down.
G is to google: a verb to describe
The act of idly searching.
H is Huffington Post , at which point
your search likely will end.
I is for interactivity: the simple act
Of clicking Like.
J is for all the countless justifications
You make for not doing so.
K is for kiss and tell, and the scandals
We lap up, thinking we’re better informed.
Lol is for lies and complicity
Lol is not laugh out loud.
Meme is an uninspiration diluted
Thousands and thousands of times.
N is for no: what you cannot say
to ads that crop up before videos.
O is for OMG, when you’re too shocked
to type the remaining letters, or you’re illiterate. You decide.
P is for profit: what others are constantly trying to make
Whether you twig to it or not.
Q is for all the quibbling you will do,
While trying to change minds.
R is for real-life which won’t be palmed off
With all your VR lies.
S is for snoop. Sometimes you catch others
With their pants down.
T is for tastemakers: the new elite who
Choose at which trivial video we will laugh.
U is for user and what you do
And have done to you.
V is for the visionary non-stop life
of Google-glass. Let’s hope it doesn’t kill us off.
W is for whatsapp, and what the hell
Happened to our little romantic moment, smartphone?
XXX is the amazing human body,
When the scrutiny is not scientific.
Y is for you, the group, divided,
not a uniform mass of liberated consumers.
Z is for zeitgeist, and the value of following
When you could have been living.