This Burden is Uniquely Ours. (Part I)

Andrea A. Lunsford and Marvin Diogenes define writing as “a technology for creating conceptual frameworks and creating, sustaining, and normal performing lines of thought within those frameworks, drawing from and expanding on existing conventions and genres, utilizing signs and symbols, incorporating materials drawn from multiple sources, and taking advantage of the resources of a full range of media.”

In my [technologically disadvantaged] attempt to create content that “evokes [writing] as epistemic, performative, multivocal, multimodal, and multimediated,”  I give you this:

WE ARE NOT A LOST GENERATION WE ARE AN EXPOSED ONE

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naked-ness? complete-ness? open-ness? new-ness? self-ness? else-ness?

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Thoughts from/about other people’s thoughts.

“You have not known what you are–you have slumber’d upon yourself all your life;
Your eye-lids have been the same as closed most of the time;
What you have done returns already in mockeries;
Your thrift, knowledge, prayers, if they do not return in mockeries, what is their return?
The mockeries are not you;
Underneath them, and within them, I see you lurk;”

-Walt Whitman [Leaves of Grass]

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” -WW

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Millennials are the first generation to come of age during an era in which the internet has encompassed nearly all aspects of daily life. As Millennials are being thrust out into the “real” world, the “real” world is becoming faker—more digitized and impalpable. Everyone is on the internet and everyone knows that everyone on the internet. Given the large audience, poor state of affairs and the abundant platforms on which to express their feelings, people did the logical thing: They talked about the problems in the world, specifically those facing Millennials.
Prominent scholars and writers penned articles about the star-crossed generation. Networks broadcasted TV shows about Millennials. All the while Millennials flocked to Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blogs and other Internet locales to tell the world about their plight.

No other generation faced this as they entered adulthood.

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….We’re naked in front of a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone and we’ll be that way for as long as we live. Our shameful issues, our glorious triumphs, and our ignominious defeats have been and will continue to be shared around the entire world day after day until our deaths. This burden is uniquely ours.

-Matt Saccaro [Thought Catalog 3. IV. 2013]

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i want your life to be better because i’m in it

excerpts from CRUNK JUICE, thoughts and poems by steve roggenbuck:

THE MOON IS
QUIET I LOVE
YOU THE
SAME WAY

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EVERY TIME I READ CARPE DIEM
POEMS I DO SOMETHING I REGRET
i feel pain for everyone who lives

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changing my facebook sidebar message to something else so i can
submit the current one to a literary magazine

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HI. IT WOUDL
BE COOL
IF YOU WERE
ONLINE

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THERE IS NO RESTRICTION OF
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN LIFE

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I WANT TO CREATE SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL
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I wrote this poem, as someone who experiences this burden that new media presents us with & all of its sublime glory and terror:

What is this burden?

What is this burden that is uniquely ours?

What is this burden that exposes us all?

We are the millennial’s

We are consumed

We are numbed

We are lost in translation

Digitized and mesmerized

Anesthetized

We seek to know our burden

That is so uniquely ours

The millennial generation

But we live this burden

It encompasses us

It exposes us

It emancipates us from ourselves

But yet we are still human

We still wonder

We still desire

We still fear

We still feel

It’s just a matter of what is real

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kfetts

astranger-infiction

[thank you for experiencing my experience]

Please continue scrolling to view my own adaption of exposing ourselves through new media environments

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CRUNK JUICE

(2012) published by steve roggenbuck, online in the public domain…. I find this compilation a peaceful yet anxious reminder that I am alive…. these are some of his own highlighted responses:

“THIS IS WHERE BEAUTY
GOES TO DIE.” – ANONYMOUS COMMENTER
“AS SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS POETRY
I CAN SAY THESE ARE SOME OF
THE STUPIDEST THINGS
I HAVE EVER READ.”
“THIS SHIT IS NOTHING BUT
SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION.
YOU ARE A GIMMICK,
I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU TAKE
YOURSELF SERIOUSLY.”
“I WISH I COULD EXPRESS IN 140
CHARACTERS HOW INCREDIBLY
TERRIBLE YOUR ‘POEMS’ ARE.”

kfetts

astranger-infiction