Monday, December 17, 2012

Wired Beauty

I was chatting on twitter with a few friends today about buzzwords we hate: paradigms, synergy, gamification and so on. Afterward, I somehow got stuck in my brain the beginning of a lovely poem, Pied Beauty, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which begins, "Glory be to God for dappled things" and celebrates the beauty in imperfection. With apologies to Hopkins, I update the poem for 2012.

Wired Beauty
GLORY be to God for disruptive tech— 
  For apps of couple-colour as a branded cow;    
    For data gleaned from chips upon trout that swim;     
For viral video of finches’ wings;              
Paradigms plotted and pieced—push, pivot and plug;            
    And all trades, their transactions well tracked.               

All things counter, original, spare, strange;          
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)              
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;    
All those things whose beauty is past change:           
                  Upgrade them.              

You should really read the original

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