We Existed

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media

No study is perfect.
It casts a net on what it must.
Its narrow vision is part of its crutch.
To show what it wants.

Illuminate what it chooses to.
More research is always needed.
Pointed out because it is deserved.
The net is too shallow to serve.

I think of Twitter as a device.
How it is used can not be measured
For what you focus on is but a slice.
PR versus journalists at war.

Who will get the recognition for
A story they did not create.
Picking pieces from a carcass.
Vultures earning their purpose.

I see them all intertwined.
One needs the other to survive.
Facebook a tool gone awry.
To be replaced by another soon I subscribe.

The written word a tool we will always need.
People putting letters in front of another
To make sense of the digital world we feed.
With the Tweets and Wall updates we seed.

Trying to connect it together
We will need more research one way or another.
At the end of each paper we all struggle.
Our nature is bias.

Our sources are biased.
We are always looking through a lens we create.
We are always searching for truths we mediate.
To gather a scrap of flesh to live.

To mount a head on a wall for a trophy.
To archive the tweets and articles that makes us feel alive.
That validate that we existed.
That we made a difference if only for an instance.



  1. Stacy
    November 7, 2011

    I like your image of vultures picking at a carcass to describe journalists scouring social media for information. If you think about it, though, journalism has always been that way. Journalists have always pieced together information from sources to fashion a story that is not their own original thought. I’m sure social media has radically changed the process, though.

    The part about tweets and posts validating our existence is also interesting. I think this is why people make those “peanut butter posts” (I love how we coined that term in one class from some stupid comment I made). People just want to post something, anything, and have others like or comment on it to make them feel like they have a voice and are being heard, even if it is about something as unimportant as the peanut butter and jelly sandwich they just ate.

  2. Byron King
    November 7, 2011

    I appreciate the feedback Stacy. When I write I collect data and sort of open up to the creation of a piece. I’m not sure how it will fit together most times or what types of metaphors will be created.

    I’m glad you enjoyed a couple of them and that they seem to have merit. As to the PR and journalistic relationship, I see it as parasitic. Both PR folks and journalists need each other.

    “peanut butter posts” that’s awesome. I know we talked about that but definitely keep it alive. See if you can get it in the Wikipedia. That would be interesting or submit it to the urbandictionary.com. It would be interesting to see how far you could go with that phrase until it becomes part of common language.


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