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This poem was originally posted on Medium on September 17, 2018. The inspiration for this poem was the frustration I felt after noticing that the meanest people on Twitter are using it as a machine to manufacture outrage and hate.

Made a Twitter account

Filled with all that you hate

Anonymously used to

Instigate and aggravate

“Paid protesters” you scream

With no evidence shown

Terrified to consider

Views different from your own

The same GIF is posted

As everyone else

By those who insist

They can think for themselves

“Don’t they have jobs?”

You facetiously implore

Letting everyone know

How much you hate the poor

Protesters aren’t “toddlers”

Throwing a tantrum

They’re fighting for rights

You’re refusing to grant them

A series of numbers

After your name

Means you are a bot

With no right to complain

The outrage machine

Requires its fuel

Supplied to it daily

By furious fools

Your stream of hate speech

Is easily thwarted

With just a few clicks

Blocked and reported

In the dead of the night

Can’t hide from what’s true

Without all that rage

You’d have nothing to do

The Outrage Machine is a post written by Jen Thorpe on Book of Jen and is not allowed to be copied to other sites.

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