Generation Disruption


FOMO or “fear of missing out”,

Is the new form of social anxiety.

Cruising the Social Media highway,

With our compulsive cell checking.


Am I liked, have I new followers?

We constantly check our status.

Our need for frequent reassurance,

This irrational tapping obsession.


Engaged in our connected digital era,

In reality we miss out on the present.

Hooked up to multiple screens,

We drown in this immersive experience.


In this tangled web of technology,

There really is no social balance.

This is the future imperfect,

Feeling anxious, irritated & inadequate.


We navigate the crowded digital freeway,

Embracing layers of social networks.

Earning social capital with digital assets,

Improving our social media ranking.


We just can’t be alone anymore,

In this always connected world.

Intense engagement and connection,

Blending social stalking with peer reviews.


Checking our cells while driving,

An insatiable need for digital connection,

More important than our own lives,

Introspection impossible by  rapid response.

We are Generation Disruption.

Bad Business Bladder


Bad Business Bladder

The business field reaps a rich harvest of flimflam,

Busy workers hiding behind corporate buzzwords,

Plastering defensive walls with bombastic jargon,

A tribal language cloaked in arrogance and clichés.

Tying their striking neck bows with sticky red tape.


In ceremonial meetings chaired by high earners,

Sales people churn out hackneyed phrases,

These business slang stalwarts with all their bling,

Bluffing and puffing and blowing the house down,

Silent killers armed with their deadly PowerPoints.


Figurative and elusive in their choice of language,

Executives sling hyperbole quick off the tongue,

Aided by market research and biased opinion polls,

Big data generates melodramatic hyped gibberish,

Bullshit dumped on yet another inane info graphic.


Blowing smoke up asses yet badmouthing each other,

Covering up information by digging graves for the truth,

Directors hide behind inflated egos and phony smiles,

Misrepresenting the facts to cover their dirty tracks,

Nursing fat bellies while sitting on anorexic bottom lines.


Honesty rarely works within this brain-numbing world,

Crafty, with their key takeaways and low hanging fruit –

 It’s all a buy in! Bladdering away keeping up pretenses,

Spineless wimps creating hell for their subordinates,

Climbing crumbling career ladders to Nowhere Land.

© Maz Tracey 

This poem was inspired by a great tweet from @Jeff Bullas (a prolific award winning Australian Social Media writer) on the topic of “business jargon”.

There are a lot of unhealthy work cultures and bad leaders out there – check out this power video on leadership with Simon Sinek  – it’s the antidote to my poem 🙂

“Serve those who serve others”

SPOOKY……Could we be travelling on Route 666?


Could we be travelling on Route 666?

Enter the digital marketplace,

Hyperlinked retail in space,

No need for bricks or mortar,

Always on and always open.


Fuelled by emerging technology,

Connecting buyers with sellers,

Trading down digital corridors,

Earth shrinks to small world.


Affiliated shop front windows,

Curating products on multiple sites,

Consumers advocate merchandise,

The digital shopper so switched on.


Browsing tablets in their hands,

Thumbs navigate their digital journey,

Minds occupied with connections,

Lined to a mobile support system.


Search algorithms seek keywords,

Hunters never click past first page,

Screening price and benefit,

What’s your story, what’s your price?


Consumerism now community based,

Blogging and sharing information,

Remarketing social content for free,

A new self-centred “me” engagement.


Addictive trips on crowded highways,

Constantly hell-riding the social web,

Digital lifestyles create beastly chaos,

Could we be travelling on Route 666?

© Maz Tracey 2013

Seeking digital enlightenment


Seeking digital enlightenment

Within this digital gold-rush,

In this culture of immediacy,

Even the Dala Lama tweets.


Dylan sang about changin’ “times”,

In our connected digital world,

It’s “people” that are  “a changin’ ”.


Finger tapping is the new dance,

On the bus and even on the street,

Heads bowed in worship to a new god.


The digital Pied Piper plays his tune,

Children tick his magic “like”,

Zuckered into spending too much time online.


A connected world for shadowy sharing,

Awash with bloggers and home-made videos,

Full of self-indulgent dull activity.


Social networks, online communities,

Big brands busy chasing cyber income,

From a more connected purchaser.


Wonder at this fast-connected world,

Real-time data at your fingertips,

A seismic social enlightening shifting.


This social media makes people talk,

Sharing stories to explain their world,

Sending cat videos, while sitting on the loo.


A more open social relationship,

Where people talk and share,

The era of freedom communication.


This digital explosion has happened,

Disruption media is everywhere,

Connect, join up and unite together.


No more “talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution”,

“Pass me my tablet doctor”

I’m gonna join this tribal revolution.

© Maz Tracey 2013