The Social Network (The Modern Monster) This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 27, 2012
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A generation where conversations are rarely held by word of mouth
But what do you expect?
Computers block the path from one person to the next
Distance is no match for these machines
Each of us has been infected by the disease
Friend requests over friendships
Gaining followers is all that matters
Hey, hi, how are you
Ignorance is bliss
“K” is not a word
“Love you!” but do I?
Meaning hides behind the print on the screen
No feeling, no expression
Our intentions are all masked
Post after post, no one can stop reading
Queen of the world, the Internet reigns
Respect of privacy? Of others?
Social networking has no mercy
Thoughts unleashed, consequences forgotten
Under 140 characters is all it takes
Vultures claw at the keyboard, preying on those who are different
Words are the ultimate wound
X-rays don't show sign of this kind of damage
You might not realize the effects of your next status
Zero characters remaining; maybe you should rephrase that

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Anon said...
Apr. 13, 2016 at 8:19 am
I feel the author is too extreme. Social networking does not eliminate social constructs, quite the opposite, it makes it easier to build on them. Maybe it helps a shy person test the waters with anonymity, or more commonly, it will show you people of similar interest. The poem also mentions "vultures claw(ing)at the keyboard, preying on those who are different", a reference to "Internet trolls". Personally I feel these people are not really as harmful as they are made to sound here... most web... (more »)
violet silverscreen said...
May 2, 2015 at 10:03 am
this is really good
Likeminds said...
Feb. 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Finally, someone that understands why I do not have a Facebook, Twitter or other such accounts. While the Internet has many positive aspects, the ability of users to do damage is terrifying.
AngRodrig This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm
I totally agree! Thank you for supporting my work
blessed3 said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:20 am
Beautiful and so poignant...continue writing you are gifted!
Babylouie said...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Wow!!! So poignant and beautifully written!!!
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