What I want to be – Prose Poem


I don’t want to be a designer, a marketer, an illustrator,
A brander, a social media consultant, a multi-platform
guru, an interface wizard, a writer of copy, a technological
assistant, an applicator, an aesthetic king, a notable
user, a profit maximize, a bottom-line analyser, a meme
generator, a hit tracker, a re-poster, a sponsored blogger,
a starred commentator, an online retailer, a viral relayer.
a handle, a font or a page, I don’t wanted to be linked in,
tuned in, liked, incorporated, listed or programmed.

I don’t want to be a brand, a representative, an
amdassador, a bestseller or a chart-topper. I don’t want
to be a human resource or part of your human capital.
I don’t want to be an entrepreneur of myself.
Don’t listen to the founders, the employers, the
Newspapers, the pundits, the editors, the forecasters,
the researchers, the branders, the career counsellors.
The prime minister, the job market, Michael Foucault or
your haughty brother in finance – there’s something else.

I want to be a lover, a teacher, a wanderer, an assembler
of words, a sculptor of immaterial, a maker of instruments,
a Socratic philosopher and an erratic muse. I want to be
a community centre, a piece of art, a wonky cursive script
and an old growth tree! I want to be a disrupter, a creator,
an apocalyptic visionary, a master of reconfiguration,
a hypocritical parent, an illegal download and a choose-
your-own-adventure! I want to be a renegade agitator!
A licker of ice cream! An organiser of mischief! A released
Charge! A double jump on the trampoline! A wayward
Youth! A volunteer! A partner!

I want to be a curator of myself, an anti-preneur, a person.

Unlimited availabilities. No followers required. Only friends.

Danielle Leduc
Adbusters Jan 2013
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About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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