Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Businessman Speaks Yet Again

The technology is
smart enough and
fast enough

to envision that
perfect product:

a sleek, sexy pad
with infinitely expandable memory
and perpetually updating software

designed to give us
more
faster
everything,

compressed
in a handheld destiny.

Imagine
every song
every book
every film
every painting
every sculpture
and all poetry
formatted for
mobile devices.

Everyone will know
that intoxicating feeling
of owing every work
of the Beatles
Michelangelo
Dorothy Parker
Aeschylus
Gustav Klimt
Mozart
Charlie Chaplin
William Shakespeare
Aesop
Beyonce
Salvador Dali
The Dalai Lama.

No longer
will we seek out
these rare artifacts
these books
those dusty albums,
or travel to lonely museums
to experience this world,

we’ll bring it to you
wherever you are.

All the centuries
of civilizing innovation,
those lines that separated
artist from patron
rich from poor
ignorant from wise
and sacred from profane

forever blurred
and portable.

And, if the device dies
(or if it accidentally
goes through the wash),

we’ve partnered with
Best Buy
Amazon.com
and participating Wal-Mart Superstores

to be the exclusive providers
of replacement
“MyCulture 2.0” modules.

Yes, I agree,
we’ll have marketing
come up with a better name.

4 comments:

  1. Ah, Buddah, in this day and age, we each seek seek something more and better. Capitalism. We are never satisfied with what we have.har

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  2. "Perpetually updating software." I like the sound of that. Admire this poem!

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  3. This is all too frighteningly true! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog-I'll be checking out the Virtual Poetry site as well.

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  4. ...a perfect depiction of my greatest fears.

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