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  • Writer's pictureClaire Champion

The Tyranny of Technology

My ideas for a new post for February 2024 didn’t necessarily include extremely serious subjects and themes. I had wanted to set a relaxed, quieter pace, at least for a while. However, when I read about the horrendous Post Office and Horizon scandal, I felt compelled to address it head on. Alongside the issue of the miscarriage of justice and the sheer scale of the impact on those involved, I wished to speak about technology as a whole concept. How it has taken over our lives and gone unchecked for many years.

 

I hope you find my poem thought-provoking. Let me know what you think via the Comments section. Until the next blog, happy reading and let’s all take some time off from technology regularly for our mental health.


The Tyranny of Technology

Sit down and relax,

while I relay a story of how

we got into this tangled net.

Sit up and take note,

as I reveal the shocks

that led to our digital downfall.

It started with our schooling,

where we learnt not to

question and defy the system.

It prevailed into our maturity,

our working lives, as we

held our tongues while lies grew.

 

It’s dawned on me, and many

others, finally, that we have

been mercilessly misinformed.

Taken to be dense, dim-witted,

by those with power and motive.

They expect us just to be dutiful.

Take for instance, the dark

devastation of the Post Office:

the cruel scandal unfolding daily.

The victims, the innocent

Sub postmasters, lives shattered,

by the Horizon software disaster.

 

Years of fighting the betrayal,

of a legal process that never gave

them justice, or dignity, or truth.

It has all been captured on

screen, after over two decades.

Shame it was not captured in reality.

Perhaps seeing the portrayal

of those who were wronged,

could give us cause to rebel.

People need to wake from the

clammy dreams of tech-based

slavery, and yes that means now.

 

Every waking moment we have

news, notifications, likes, feeds.

It’s a world drowning in data.

Time to see the devices for

what they really are: tools

in our hands, never ruling us.

A rethink is long overdue, and

lessons begin again so

that we can release ourselves.

It starts with our logic, our

compassion, to smash the

old systematic patterns.





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