You have been commodified,
Digitized of sorts,
As a string of ones and naughts.
You have been commercialized,
Packaged up as stock,
So your pieces interlock.
You have been configured,
Codified and mapped,
As potential to adapt.
. You are the generation, named without a name,
. Be you X or Y, we have made you all the same!
© Tim Grace, 27 September 2010
To the reader: The younger generations, we have crafted them as different; for that has served our purpose. From early childhood they have been primed for the marketplace and now they pay the price; they have been commodified. The nameless generations of X and Y have been so individualized that they are powerless to act in concert as a collective independent agent. They resort to social media for voice but that itself is a construction of those who would strip them of identity.
To the poet: The globalized economy has impacted on how we express the human condition. Life has become digitized, commercialized, and standardized; commodified, identified, and codified. As we describe ourselves we are likely to live. The use of ‘you’ as a distinctive label helps in the creation of distance and separation. From the narrator’s perspective the deal has been done; the package has been sold.