Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Slam Poet Marshall Davis Jones on Our Socially Networked World

Marshall Soulful Jones

If you like slam poetry at all, or, hell, if you like language and rhythm, this guy is good, and he riffs on the very medium through we are being exposed to his poetry. Good find, from the Good Men Project.

Click: Slam Poet Marshall Davis Jones Performs ‘Touchscreen’


Marshall Soulful Jones performs this live at the Bowery Poetry Club in NY. And yes, we’re aware of the irony of sharing this on Facebook and You Tube and Twitter—when the poem speaks so eloquently about the lack of humanity in those networks.

Marshall is worth watching not just for the idea behind his poem, but for the wonderful wordplay throughout. “It used to be difficult to connect when friends formed cliques but it’s even more difficult when clicks form friends.” And Twitter doesn’t escape his rage against the i-machines: “I can’t hear the sound of mother nature speaking over all this tweeting.”

Listen to the rest, if you are like us you’ll watch it two or three times–especially the last line, which is killer. And then you’ll be sure to tweet it out, won’t you?

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