Too Much Information!
We recall the days of the old phone kiosk
Coloured red, with black hand-set inside
And if lucky, to our friends we could talk
With button A the connection supplied
If this failed to work – as was often the case
We pressed button B for our pennies
No contact was made – not even a trace
A pity we had no antennae!
With the passage of time the systems improved
And the STD network spread widely
The obstacles to traffic were easily removed
And call usage multiplied greatly
Soon the land-lines spread like a mighty cat’s cradle
Every household demanded a phone
All over the map and overseas using cable
The phone book soon listed each home
We had arrived at an age of instant connection
Trade and society flooded with data
Factoids spawned from every direction
And we welcomed it all, no matter
But the information age was really just starting
And the internet about to burst through
With mobile phones soon to get “smarting’
And broadband soon jumped the queue
So now Google, Facebook and Linked in too
Shrink the world, with all its great knowledge
In a click of a mouse, Wiki facts come straight through
And with Twitter who needs uni or college?
But this marvellous age electronic
Brings with it problems and serious threats
Even issues that can be quite chronic
Like how secure is the wonderful net?
Yet we rejoice in the marvellous progress
From Bell’s phone to this digital age
Such great advances we’ll never repress
And with them we must fully engage
But perhaps we now suffer quite badly
From a great excess of information
And some of us would really gladly
Power down and find liberation!