We’re douchebags as a species collectively,
incontestable premise and so the subsequent question to me
is what role, did the internet play? Did it cause said douchiness? Or simply shine a ray
on a long-since pre-existing, widespread phenomenon
of humans acting douchey for generations and on and on.
"But douchey how?" Is maybe your question,
well first and foremost, it’s this seeming obsession
with external validation for our very existences,
chasing likes, comments, views, with persistence.
Decisions no longer based on what feels right for us,
but rather on what generates the most likes for us.
But you can’t take likes with you when you die,
so why do we spend so much of our time
tryin’ to generate ‘em?
An entire generation
obsessed with blue thumbs and red hearts for motivation.
But fleeting the sense of fulfillment that they provide,
so we need more and more likes to maintain the high.
And so the screen time increases,
living life in pieces,
neat and postable, otherwise they seem meaningless.
Well I’m sick of the cycle,
see I’m seeking something more significant than just some likes y’all.
I’m not quite sure what it is yet,
but I do know I won’t find it on the internet.
from Gone Fishin' EP,
released July 3, 2020
Vocals: Andy Bernstein (AKA Abdominal)
Guitar: Brian Macmillan
Bass: Liam Smith
Percussion: Roman Tomé
Mixed and mastered by John MacLean
Recorded at Studio 211 at the CBC.
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.