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Pandemic of Newspeak

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Modern pandemic:
Culture-war narrative memes.
Like ‘Transgender Rights.’
‘Critical Race Theory.’
Spawned by Social Media.

About this poem

READERS BEWARE: Our modern and most virulent pandemic spreading rapidly among us, is that of the subtle fictional language of ‘Twenty First Century Newspeak,’ spawned by the network of social media that is ever enticing us into its spider’s web. The entrapment goal: legitimization and elevation of ‘Newspeak’ by demeaning and replacement of ‘Oldspeak.’ With such newly formed memes of expression as “fake news” and “alternative realities,” it becomes increasingly a trepidation to negotiate the minefields of linguistic etiquette and social communication without becoming a casualty of the slings and arrows of social media.  

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Written on September 20, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on September 20, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 01, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    Spot on poetry here indicative of a current atmosphere seeking to direct people into a self-degrading direction. "Social media" is such a contradictory phrase. We've become less social than ever. People need to turn those door knobs and get some sunlight, air and intermingling. 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • teril
    The contributions of social media. Food for thought.
    LikeReply7 months ago


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