Modern Times

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The office Twitterati are determined to hound me into the ground. When I walk through the open office I feel them watching, watching, tweeting, tweeting. Occasionally I catch someone’s eye; they return my gaze without blinking; I hear their infrasonic refrain, “Die, die, bastard, die.”
At my desk, behind the bullet-proof, one-way glass, I log in, activate the office-spy software, read their unsuspecting vitriol. I now know who the tweetleaders are, the ones who will benefit most from my going.
I confront them; denials are forthcoming. I make threats; they laugh.
Tomorrow I will set the cat among the canaries.

Written on a Wednesday in response to the weekly 100 word Friday Fictioneers challenge found here. Go have a peep.

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33 Responses to Modern Times

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    I think this guy needs another job. Being the office spy is not good for his mental health. I’d love to read the follow up instalment though, of the cat dancing with the canaries.

  2. Uh, oh. This can’t end well. I’m glad I don’t work in that office. Good writing, Patrick. —- Suzanne

  3. amiewrites74 says:

    Twitterati… brilliant!

  4. Boy, did you ever catch the present times in 100-words! Very nicely done.

  5. Dale says:

    Love this… It has gotten frightfully out of hand…

  6. I think this is what it feels to work at the FBI at the moment.

  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    Lovely neologism ( at the cost of being repetitive).

  8. granonine says:

    Office Twitterati. Love it.

  9. Dear Patrick,

    Twitteratti is a great word. Ah modern times.



  10. wmqcolby says:

    Patrick, I LOVE this. And Twitteratti — terrific! Yes, there’s a lot of spying going on in corporate America. Why do you think I retired???


  11. L.E.R.T says:

    The title says everything. We have become mobile toting, social media zombies.

  12. I love the word Twiterati!

  13. Moon says:

    Why did he need the bullet proof glass? I mean, the twitteratis are not criminals per se, right ?

  14. michael1148humphris says:

    Twitterati – is such a apt word,

  15. James says:

    “Twitterati.” I like it.

  16. Iain Kelly says:

    What a society we’ve become!

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