I thought I could soften my body's decay with castille soap,
leave-in conditioner, coconut oil.
Despite my best efforts, winter still arrives to chip away at me.
My dust settles on every surface, later gets stuck in my vacuum filter,
which I never empty.
Other filters I'm caught up in include:
- kitchen sink
- debt-industrial complex
- Twitter cookies—
—through which I have been reliably labeled as between 13 & 54
years of age, German-speaking,
& interested in the following
# selected items:
- Cats (2019)
- college football
- college football
- College Gameday
- College Gameday (college football)
- Dan Bongino
- entertainment franchises
- entertainment industry
- entertainment news
- famous comedians
- Hillary Clinton
- Jonathan Swan
- La Reine des Neiges
# translated from the German
- live: college football
- Nathan Peterman
# oh is Jack Dorsey a fucking Patriots fan?
- New York Fashion Week
- Penny Hardaway
- Rita Ora
- Star Trek: Lower Decks
# the most poetic Star Trek title
- Streets of Rage
# did Janet Jackson contribute to this OST?
—all of which I definitely have heard of, consumed, & enjoy.
Though they only listed Mariska Hargitay
/mar-ISH-ka HAR-ggi-tay/ once.
Acxiom can have those for free if they read my book.
Or choose to pay for them again to sell to other data brokers & startups,
who will sell to Twitter & back to Acxiom.
Which I understand is a viable & profitable business model.
The older I get, the more I am reflected. Or do I mean contained?
Just when I was worried about self-actualization, I find my potential
collected & parsed
in a JSON file, my risk to a healthcare provider
I am consumable, I can be purchased by literally any bidder,
with the rest of America's vibrant 13–54 demo. I am here,
& everywhere else too, and
I am an asset.
- You can download a static site of the data that Twitter has collected from you (More > Settings > Your Account > "Download an archive of your data").
- For all the legitimate concerns about privacy & who profits off your personal information, we can also acknowledge that, at least for now, data brokers & the entities that buy from & sell to them are doing an extremly poor job of categorizing us.
- Yes, several identical categories appeared in my archive—most of which I did not include here.