The Misinformation Machine

They shout at their cameras
turn them off
Say you should be afraid
turn them off
Smearing people and places
turn them off
Bearing dubious threats

They troll for the sound bites
…turn them off
Fan the flames to pad fan clicks
turn them off
As long as they’re trending
turn them off
That’s the reason they exist

They constantly move goalposts
turn them off
Point our eyes to remote lies
turn them off
Spin our friends into foes
turn them off
Until social conscience dies

But we have special power
turn it on
Healthier influence, too
turn it on
Yielding empathy and truth
turn it on
Building a more genuine worldview

If you like this, take a look at some of my companion poems:

Going Trolling
Just One

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