An Open Society

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media, OccupyTogether

There are savages among us.
They live next door.
Waiting to know more.
They are in your friend list.
They are in our politics.
Bending laws to rule us.

We fear Stalin.
We curse communism.
Now the iron fist of data exists.
We fear our information
Being taken from us.

But we want bliss.
To be surrounded by people we trust.
So we must give away a little privacy
So that we might find the community
We have lost.
Which technology promised.

Will our data be sold?
Will a status update
One day make us an inmate?
Will our location be used
To track our habits?
To sell a product or stab us.
Is there any escaping this?

Tracked like mice
We submit to the maze.
Not caring what price we pay.
Bandwidth the water of knowledge
That grows cities.
Expands minds.
Is money and time.

Trapping families inside.
Glued to the network.
Smart phones the new slave collar.
Paid for by the mighty dollar
Created out of thin air.
We play this game of monopoly
Because it is better to be unaware.



Freedom is fading.



  1. Bobby7L
    October 31, 2011

    I don’t know nuthin’.

  2. Stacy
    October 31, 2011

    I love the picture you included. It is unsettling to think about how much we are being monitored now.

  3. Byron King
    October 31, 2011

    Thanks Stacy. The photo is from the artist Banksy.

    The way I see it is that there is no privacy. We must accept it or go live in the woods off the grid. Even then they can monitor you from above.

    I don’t know anything either Bobby. Nothing worthwhile at least or that isn’t already posted somewhere on the interweb.

  4. dean
    October 31, 2011

    Bansky is the man! Although it is said he stole his ideas from French Artist Blek le Rat. But your are right-privacy is gone…but we can fight for it..if we want to. problem is people are too comfortable with it. They have the opinions that “I am not a criminal, so what do i have worry about-i have nothing to hide.” To me, that is not the point. We need to stop giving power to the pernicious….


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