Why am I breaking out in doggerel on Threads?

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL July 9, 2023
When Twitter was young, then too there must have been the sense of a brave new world

I’ve no idea why but I’ve posted doggerel on Threads three days running.

Here was the first:

Hey Threaders

Bring the world your yarns

Braided, tied with a bow

Braided, bow-tied, or not

The cord of connection

Threads through our lives

Then the second:

Threads’ first Saturday

Does the world’s great age begin anew

Or must hate (and the deathscroll) return?

And here’s the third:

An app’s first Sabbath

doesn’t mean

It is anything other than of

the six days’ world.

How long does it take to make the woods, the poet asked

And answered: As long as it takes to make the world.

The woods is present as the world is.

Social media too,

The world with finger pressed hard on the playback speed button

I’d be the first to accept none of the above is especially poetic – they lack the pipes and timbrels of a Keatsian ode or the unadorned metrical refinement of a Robert Frost stanza – but surely neither is Threads?

The new social media platform launched by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not particularly aesthetic, nor does it lend itself to great reflectiveness or elevated thoughts.

So why did I break out in doggerel on Threads? Two reasons, in my view, and they have little to do with the actual channel itself and more to do with its youth (it was born on Thursday, July 6) and current state of relative technical incoherence.

Threads does not currently give you a feed that comprises people you follow, which allows you to flail around addressing any and every subject, in any way you want. It spells liberation – from expectations – as well as a slightly panicky sense of shouting into space (where sound waves cannot travel).

With Threads being so new, it doesn’t yet have many rules and regulations and  reflects a powerful flaring hope among many for friendliness in social media discourse. There, it feels like I came over faintly poetic again, but once upon a time, when Twitter was young, there must have been the same sense of a brave new world.