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roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

how am I still occasionally getting boosts on this poem almost a year later lol dang

when we are gone,
the corporate-owned neural networks trained on our social media posts,
to advertise to us, to surveill us,
will be the most complete backup of our personalities available,
despite being worn down and filtered for those purposes,
and relegated to cold, inexpensive storage in backups,
being that we won't be viewing ads again any time soon to pay the rent.

i can't believe mc frontalot made a song about online dating with this theme

@Concerned_Catgirl omg it takes so many paginated REST calls to populate the column at all if i filter to only show replies. halp.

Thanks god there's no surveillance in non-capitalist regimes.

@BanjoFox Listen to how much YOU,
love Dr. Tran!

@csaurus You'll be sure to "love" these great deals on romance novels!

@lifning "No one loves you because you haven't bought an Antonio Banderas love-doll. Check out these great deals from one of our partners!"
@lifning Thanks! Spanish translation:

Las rosas son rojas
Las violetas, azules
En el capitalismo de la vigilancia
El poema te lee a ti
Y te muestra anuncios
De floristerías
Y apunta tus clicks
Y nunca descansa
No se preocupa
Si daña tu privacidad
El dinero es verde
Cuando se cosecha gente
Twitter es cián
Facebook es azul
Tus amigos son el producto
Y también lo eres tú


@unsafelyhotboots you'd be lucky number 300 😮 i wasn't expecting it to make waves at all, let alone take off like this!

@lifning My friends all thought it was both disturbing and very clever. That was inspired.


twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
brother so can you
I'm the Scatman

why should we be pleasing
the politician heathens
who would try to change the seasons
if they could

the state of the condition
insults my intuitions
and it only makes me crazy
and a heart like wood

everybody stutters
one way or the other
so check out my message to you

as matter of fact
don't let nothing hold you back
it's snowing on Mt. Fuji

@lifning I’ve never seem something get as many boosts and favorites as this did. Nice to see it around again.

@theycallmemo yeah, i guess there's some new eyes on it since the recent wave of new users.. this was literally a one-off thought i had when i was half-asleep and i didn't expect it to grow wheels like it did!


I really don't want to like this as much as I do. Too spot on.

@lifning 5 years later now. Good job with the poem

@lifning it is not my first time to read a poetry about computer, but, this one is authentic. It is true!

@lifning finally I found this #poetry again. I am glad I bookmarked this.

Hey @lifning, I'd like to put that poem on the MyData SV website ( -- assuming my co-organizers agree but I assume so. Assuming you are the author, would that be okay?

@lifning this poem will get boosts as long as there are people to read it... Or until we as a society collectively overthrow surveillance capitalism...

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