cream of the crop or scum

we are now all
self-promoters

trillions of trilling shouts
hoping for a moment of attention
before dying out in the next roar
of the billion millions

no longer restrained
by the gatekeepers
we have run amok

in the greatest free-form
distribution experiment
known to mankind

as the vast melting pot
comes to a boil
we’ll have to wait and see
what rises to the top

(D. James)