Wizzo and I made this for you from a detail within a famous 1950 oil painting
by George Hinke called “The Day After Christmas.” The original painting is
going to be auctioned on December 19th. The opening bid is $30,000.
Take a look.
Can a song be piercingly beautiful
and utterly terrifying in the same moment?
Consider The Hymn of Axciom by Vienna Teng (2013)
START THE MUSIC NOW – BELOW
A profound and haunting impeachment
of Big Data and all things Internet.
God help us all.
Somebody hears you. You know that. You know that.
Somebody hears you. You know that inside.
Someone is learning the colors of all your moods,
to say just the right thing and show that you’re understood.
Here, you’re known.
Leave your life open. You don’t have to hide.
Someone is gathering every crumb you drop,
these mindless decisions and moments you long forgot.
Keep them all.
Let our formulas find your soul!
We’ll divine your artesian source in your mind,
Marshal feed and force. Our machines will
design you a perfect love —
Or, better still, a perfect lust.
O how glorious! Glorious! A brand new need is born!
Now we possess you. You’ll own that. You’ll own that.
Now we possess you. You’ll own that, in time.
Now we will build you an endlessly upward world,
reach in your pocket, embrace you for all you’re worth.
Is that wrong?
Isn’t this what you want?