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Facebook - an Album of Tarnished Reflections

Listen to poem:
Every image and text we post on Facebook
is selected and air-brushed,
to present our lives as we would like it to be,
sharing images for self congratulation and gloating.

We are both the viewer and the viewed, 
the audience and the actor
mutually disclosing tarnished, 
filtered and selected images and impressions
to create a make-believe social world.

Now we learn that our private data 
and that of our friends
has been leaked to those that
can analyse and create a profile
or our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Advertisements and fake news stories
are fed to our in-boxes 
to change the way we think.

A chest-full of tarnished reflections
left on our 'Welcome' mats.

Facebook faces front and rear, 
are all tarnished reflections.

22 March 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 4/18/2018 8:51:00 PM
Back to congratulate. I took a different meaning for me this time... as sometimes happens. I'm not sure if we are victims or volunteers. Either way, not a good place for us to be.
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Date: 4/17/2018 4:31:00 PM
Back with more congrats, John. Well deserved.
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Date: 4/17/2018 3:18:00 PM
A very interesting write John, congrats on placing in my contest!
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Date: 4/4/2018 11:27:00 PM
Congrats on your winning poem. Well done, John,
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Date: 4/1/2018 4:06:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this well thought out current take on FB. I enjoyed the reading of it. A fave for me.
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Date: 4/1/2018 10:35:00 AM
Yeah, and these are pictures that never fade and that you can't keep locked up in a drawer. This was even more timely as a result of Facebook's most recent "breech" of "trust". Thanks for entering the contest John
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Date: 3/22/2018 1:52:00 AM
good one! :)
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