On the 4th of February 2004, one of the most important events of the 21st century in a Harvard dorm room. The social netowrking behemoth, Facebook, was founded. Facebook did not create social media, but it revolutionised and refined it to such a point that it is beyond doubt the world leader in its field. In a span of less than a decade, it has grown so large and powerful that nation states are frantically mustering a system of checks and balances to prevent the network from interfereing with democratic processes, as we ourselves saw all too well with the repeal of the eight amendment. As well as this, Facebook has had a huge impact on the everyday lives of its users, particularly young people. Lewis Kenny is a 23-year-old spoken word artist hailing from the north inner city of Dublin. His works draw on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face. He joined me to read Mira Gonzalez’s poem I am more lonely when I am with people than I am when I am alone looking at the internet, a poem which exemplifies much of the negative impacts of internet and social media usage in this digital age.
Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.
Each week the featured poem will also commemorate a significant date in the calendar year fostering new and challenging perspectives into poems you thought you knew. The poems have been selected with the advice and support of Ireland’s former Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan.