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by Je'Neille Swartz 2 months ago in social commentary
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Attention seekers only

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Attention! Attention!

I’ve got a few things to mention

I’ve always got something to say

Constantly, always at times on repeat

Platforms let my voice be heard

The comments and likes set me apart from the herd

What I say matters, right?

five likes

What I do is important, right?

two followers

Create that content, make it real

Wait, what? Do you mean I am not for real?

As I wait, as I watch

As I remain unwatched

As I look to engage

I am numb, disengaged

Who am I? Who are they? Who are WE?

In the age of access, we remain enslaved

To the excess and not-enoughness, we become enraged

Hashtags and like

Subscribe and follow

Clickbait

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I am not that shallow!

Let me brag

Let me live

Envy my nice things

Even if it is…the only thing

With the right angle and enough likes

I can make that money, increase insights

And they’ll know who I am

Dripping in gold, rich as honey

Who am I? Who are they? Who are WE?

I don’t care, nor do they

As long as we remain...

engaged

enslaved

outraged

subscribed

liked and

followed

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About the author

Je'Neille Swartz

I can't stop thinking about writing. Being a writer is like being an artist, you are either exceptional or inconsequential. Honestly, I've been afraid of both. I promised myself I would DO one small thing that scared me. So, here I am.

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  • D.A Harrisabout a month ago

    Nice job, great social commentary.

  • Deasun T. Smyth2 months ago

    I now what you mean. I'm 15, and nether owned a phone (what use is it? asides the obvious) nor a computer. I don't do snap chat or tick tock, face book and twitter. it's all a waste of time, I mean if I wanted to feel bad about myself; I'll just wear a polka-dotted skirt, and walk into a night club.

  • Emily Dickerson2 months ago

    I found so much freedom in letting my little Etsy shop die. I was a slave to trying to promote it, get likes, get clicks. God has other plans for my life. I don't have to sell art or crafts to be successful. I just have to be faithful and let Him lead me. Trust in the Lord has dealt a severe blow to the anxiety that the Devil was selling me on my phone.

  • C M Prosso2 months ago

    Agh, I feel your pain!

  • Adrian Belfeuil2 months ago

    What do you think will be the long term affect of this social media era?

  • Maervel2 months ago

    Great thoughts on a relatable topic.

  • Darby S. Fisher2 months ago

    I have been feeling the pressure from platforms lately. Getting attention isn't rewarding, but not getting attention feels worse. The algorithms feel fickle and unfair. How am I to boost engagement when the platforms buries the post? And then they want posts on a regular (if not daily) basis. No time to rest, just time to post. For what? Anyway, thanks for sharing. You are not alone.

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    From social commentary To social adversaries All seeking for attention All looking for a pension Trying to escape the daily bustle Trying to perfect our daily hustle Always scared of failing Fear of never scaling Up, to the next level So we try to revel In art that we make In art we create Striding forth with a gait to the gate Cause every person wants to be in charge of their own fate Yet, as of late We feel trapped in a caged pit People just rage quit Cause they all hate it Fearing, that they will never just make it Face it The truth we can't deny Seeking validation through other people's eyes Other people's lies Or maybe it's their truth, And perspective Yet, the collective Gander is not always good for the goose So, it's best to let loose And stay true To You Yourself, Your Me, Your I Continue to move forward Cause all you can do is Try

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