good strong words that mean something…” ~ Louisa May Alcott
Doomscrolling turns fashionably destructive, in the time of COVID.
I can’t face-
book like I used to,
prejudiced—they’ll kill loved ones and strangers alike.
their unalienable right
to be uncaringly stupid
Virtue-signalling makes my soul feel fake, so cancel culture it is.
for Poets and Storytellers United (Weekly Scribblings #48: “Words of an Unprecedented Year”). The sequence was inspired by 5 questions (which I will
not share) and 4 words (listed below) borrowed from the Oxford Languages 2020 report.
Doomscrolling: n. the action of compulsively scrolling through social
media or news feeds which relate bad news.
Covidiot: n. a person who disobeys guidelines designed to prevent
the spread of Covid-19.
Virtue-signalling: n. the public expression of opinions or sentiments
intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s
position on a particular issue.
Cancel culture: n. a culture in which there is a widespread practice of publicly rejecting or withdrawing support from people or things regarded as promoting socially unacceptable views.