Michael Walker

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Communication Technology. - Poem by Michael Walker

I gain as much knowledge as possible,
using the vehicle of the Internet and Google,
which give you instant knowledge and facts
at the click of a mouse.I like the desktop;
others prefer laptops and tablets
to go online anywhere, anytime.
I find that the printed page, though,
is easier on the eye than the screen.

A DVD player and TV screen light up my life
and compact discs are not far behind.
You-Tube has turned the music industry
upside down and inside out today.
'Is it better to have music in a tangible form? '
is a question I ask myself even now.
The multi-function trendy smartphone
suits neither my fingers nor my brain.



-26 June,2016.

Topic(s) of this poem: technology

Form: Sonnet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The English sonnet is ideal for what I wanted to express her: the octet (octave) is about information and knowledge, while the sestet covers leisure and entertainment. I had to think hard, to get the logical arrangement of ideas. I divide reading time more for books than the Internet still. I get eyestrain from a lighted screen more quickly than from a book. I know that video shops have closed down, because of computers and You-Tube, but I still like to have music in a tangible form of CD and DVD. The i-Pod has long lists of songs, but I choose only a few of the best songs from artists I like. No one chooses for me.I think the smartphone has too many complex functions, whereas I concentrate on strictly one activity at a time- I read when I read; I listen to someone with 100% concentration. These are profound questions, I know, but nature prefers unity and simplicity.

Comments about Communication Technology. by Michael Walker

  • Terry Craddock (11/24/2016 5:04:00 PM)


    I wrote a long comment about this poem earlier, which has temporarily disappeared?

    The extentsion of what I had wanted to say I had just written about one of your other recommended poems, so posting below

    'there is an innocence for most in childhood, not knowing, experiencing the normality of new experiences, interacting with others and the world around us, in many ways the isolation of an ipod generation is a personification of lost interaction; six friends/people all sitting at a table sms texting other people in other places, not together in the moment engaging in conversation is an emotional separating from deeper richer immediate life experiences ' at least the 10 registered from earlier
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    Michael Walker (2/8/2017 6:10:00 PM)

    You are right in your observations of social life these days. In brief, the mobile phone is taking over from real conversations. The art of conversation is being lost.

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  • Terry Craddock (11/24/2016 4:48:00 PM)


    I came back to this poem after again reading 'Memories of Taumarunui' where I had just commented about technology and the price of isolation.

    I enjoyed this sonnet, I write a few also in non traditional forms, I enjoyed your background notes on the poem, especially the 100% concentration comment; so rare, so rich in interaction; yes nature prefers unity and simplicity and also awesome complexity condensed into all aspects of ecosystems.

    I enjoy the esae of new technology, I find it sad the quality of information is often diluted and incorrect, that few spend the time on deep research for insightful meanings, perhaps we need to teach especially young minds how to do comprehensive searchs instead of settling for superical generalizations?

    Above all this poem was contemporary and fun, the simplicity of making meaningful comment connecting technology dots to form a layered development in communication ability and social impact upon individuals.
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    Michael Walker (2/8/2017 6:11:00 PM)

    Thanks for your accurate and discerning comment Terry.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 26, 2017


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