YIK YAK AI

by Jake Reynolds

I recently downloaded ‘Yik Yak’, the anonymous social media app prevalent among student communities, out of curiosity. I’d heard terrible things about it — it was posited as an anonymous forum in which people hurled insults and putdowns at one another in an act of self-generating bitterness. But when I opened the app, and scrolled through the comments as they rolled in, what I read didn’t feel like anger to me. It instead filled me with a strange and distant sadness. Yik Yak AI is my best attempt at rolling everything into one.

I need you to know I am hungover I need you to know
I went out and got alcohol poisoning I am in bed eating
pizza I am the real deal I need you to know I am the god
of all your comedy give me what I need I need you to
know I am jealous of you but I cannot say it properly
it comes out as bitterness I need you to know I am real
I am putting a smiling emoji after something scathing
I wrote about a young woman I have never met I need
you to know I have cracked socialism and the system
I need you to know about my life thus far this is my
platform I never had one I need you to know I open
myself to a forum of masks I see a world I need to
learn to love I need you to know I am all of you I am
not just the engineer rugby player junior doctor the
depressed man your younger brothers laugh at on
the bus I am all of you I need you to know I came
to this place for love I forgot the way out I succumbed
I need you to know I say nasty things it excites me
my posts concern porn and deep-rooted societal
issues I need you to know I lie in my bed typing
I am one person I never stop I wage war with myself

Featured image © Yik Yak

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