This is the Internet

by Christoph-David Volbers

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Xenogramm Chapter IIIa - This is the Internet

In the far future, a group of scientists is trying to make sense of 2015's Internet.

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released July 26, 2015

Christoph-David Volbers

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Christoph-David Volbers Lüneburg, Germany

Writer, composer and social worker from the northern parts of Germany. Most of the time I'm working on Xenogramm, a growing universe filled with stories from seven thousand years of fictional, future history.

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Track Name: Welcome to the Internet
This is the Internet:
Cats and porn for the world!
All tabbed in at the same time:
Welcome to the Internet!
Track Name: Procrastination
Make it easier, make it convenient
Simplify our work, time's left for important stuff

Make it super fast, make it affordable
So there's nothing left to worry, nothing left to fight for

Hour after hour wasted,
I could have been a god by now
Day after day has passed
I could have changed the world by now

Make it funnier, make it hilarious
I want more time to waste before I start tomorrow

Make it accessible, make it addictive
No reason to start something, or to do something productive

Hour after hour wasted,
I could have been our savior now
Day after day has passed
I could have cured the world by now

My past was filled with time, ideas, and productivity
Now I watch those silly clips, create my own monotony
Time is at my fingertips, and the knowledge on my monitor, but...
lifting up my lazy ass – that's not what I am going for.

Make it stop, make it bleed
It never ceases to satisfy
Make it stop, pull the plug
My life's become a slog by now

Hour after hour wasted,
I could have been our savior now
Day after day has passed
I could have cured the world by now
Track Name: Porncrastination
Getting over the wank
seems the hardest thing to do
a daily struggle
a fight against my lust
I want to touch them
the naked ones and zeros
Look at all those beauties
waiting on the screen

I could do
so very much more
if it weren't
for all that porn

I could learn
to love someone real
Trying to
make someone happy

But why
Should I?

Bring the naked skin
And I'm set for the day
I don't mind to lose my work,
As long as I can keep my penis
I can't control myself
Have to rub it off
After that I finally
Can concentrate on other stuff

Hour after hour wasted,
I could have been our savior now
Day after day has passed
I could have cured the world by now

I could do
so very much more
if it weren't
for all that porn

I could learn
to love someone real
trying to
make someone happy

But why
Should I?
Tell me,
Why should I leave all these pictures?
I have to...
Track Name: Send in the Crowd
We got that movie-thing idea
About the Vikings from the stars
We want to make that dream come true
But don't involve a studio

This is it, dear Internet; We need your help
This is it, we offer you: A spot in our credit scrolls

The power lies in the crowd
Leave it all to the crowd
If there's trouble about
Leave it all to the crowd

We let them in into our realm
We let them mess with our domain
We let them rule our very steps
We let them make us finally snap

This is it, dear Internet: You're bunch of know-it-alls
This is it, please step away and let it be!

The power lies in the crowd
Leave it all to the crowd
If there's trouble about
Leave it all to the crowd

Surrender to the power of the horde
Surrender to the wisdom of the mob
Surrender to the voice of wannabes
Surrender to the will, to the force, to the cry of the nerds!

We grow our beards and hold our shields
We row our boats through star-filled seas
We drink our mead and throw our spears
We sing our songs of blood and tears
Track Name: Space Vikings (Vikings in Space)
Instrumental
Track Name: Be the Critic
Oh my god, I can't explain how much this movie sucks.
The script is awful, effects are bad and the story makes no sense

I could do a better movie,
If anybody would let me
Instead I'm sitting here
On a couch in front of a webcam

Be the Critic
I am the Critic now

I am the Critic
Bow down to my reviews

The next review is up, and here comes the applause
The sound is awful, the praise is bad and the comments make no sense

Again I feel the emptiness
I want to do something
Instead I'm sitting here
Waiting for my Click to Fame

I am the Critic
I am the Critic now

I am the Critic
I am the Critic wow

Listen to me
For I am super smart
Track Name: Click to Fame
Of course I do it all for exposure
Of course I do it all for the money
The sweet ad-revenue money
The sweet embrace of the fans

Your clicks are currency
To buy me confidence
To tell me what I did
Was not a waste of time

Your clicks are currency
To buy me satisfaction
To tell me I'm great
For fifteen minutes

Let's get on the networks
shout it out
update your status
upload your thoughts

we can fill them later
when we have a base
when the fans are there
let's see what sticks and build from that

Why am I doing this?

Subscribe to me
Subscribe to me
Subscribe to me
Subscribe to me
(Seriously, this is going on for a while)
Track Name: Diversity of Life
I have a dream
I look into your eyes, wide as the endless skies
I have a dream
I feel and I wish to take it all from you
I have a dream
A world devoid of hate, a world to shape our fate
I have a dream
A world devoid of lines, a world without confines

We believe in full equality
and diversity of life;
For the day the labels fail us all
is nearer than we thought!

I have a dream
No matter the colour of your skin or your place of origin, we are all people, with wishes, with dreams, with needs and with hopes of a better life. I don't need to know your creed or your monthly income, for me you are a brother, or a sister. This is what I believe in, and this is what I will fight for.

I have a dream
of a world devoid of pain, a world that is not cruel
I have a dream
of a world devoid of ends, a world that we all share

We believe in full equality
and diversity of life;
For the day the labels fail us all
is nearer than we thought!

Give me your hand
I reach out to you
Lend my your strength
I reach out to you

Be happy, be gay, be straight, help others, love others, yourself, be funny, be father, be mother, be child, teach others, be light, be heavy, be woman, be man, be great - be whatever you like!
Track Name: Bring Back Firefly
It was far ahead of its time
had potential, limitless
a thousand worlds left to explore
Oh, we miss that show so much.

We so wanted it to be
Our prime time series
Instead we got it canceled
For the world is just unfair

Yes, we got that movie
But that is not the same
Our lives are incomplete
(And also kinda lame)
Without serenity
We lack the motivation;
To move on with our lives
We need continuation

Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again
Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again

Get Nathan off the Castle
put him back into the coat
let's bring the band together
for at least twenty years

Hey, Whedon, you're a big shot now
and there's nothing left to do
but to revive the one cult classic
that we won't shut up about

It's not about the closure,
just about our needs.
We're always wanting more,
no matter what you give.
We hunger for what's done,
familiar and known;
Bring in something else
and hashtags will be born.

Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again
Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again

Why did you kill off Wash?
[Spoiler alert]

Hour after hour wasted
in hope for a return
We can't let go
It has to be renewed

Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again
Bring, bring back Firefly
Let them fly again
Track Name: The Knowledge of the World
A single word fills the screen
A data stream, never seen
Before we had to turn the page
Be blessed, digital age

I know someone who knows someone
Who read a book that now has gone
Onto a drive that we can track
Oh wonder, server rack

A lonely touch away
A blink and it is there
A library everyday
Access from everywhere

A lonely touch away
A blink and it is there
A source of all what's there
The knowledge of the world

I don't know why we shouldn't change
What we don't like on our page
Just cross that word, and add a date
to make us look so great

Change the source, and they'll repeat
and they'll follow us every beat
See the world through our eyes
and the best – they don't realize

Nothing can stop us now

information overload we have to find a way through it
and never lose our trust in those who ever want to be in charge
they better know what we all want and give us what we want to hear
since they are so benevolent that none of us can quite compare

better don't give it away, the guidance and the data rain
we have to be informed by them to buy and eat and buy and eat
and work and buy and work and die forget about the glory days
we're here to feast and here to die we better go and live our lives

We will lose if we don't act right now

Hey, did you see, the news is on
apparently it went another way
Didn't you just see it the other day
but they are telling me its you, that can not be

Frame us and blame us, the truth it's not
but that's not important, am I right?
We should believe the lies that you tell
And follow your word, like ever before

We will lose if we don't act right now

A lonely touch away
A blink and it is there
A library everyday
Access from everywhere

A lonely touch away
A blink and it is there
A source of all what's there
The knowledge of the world

Change the source, and they'll repeat
and they'll follow us every beat
See the world through our eyes
and the best – they don't realize
Track Name: Intention and Perversion
Instrumental
Track Name: Drones
What is this strange sensation
A hint of self reflection
What are you doing there?
Why am I leaving you?

Don't hurt us

You are replacing me
Since I am far too old
I'm obsolete
A worthless piece of junk for

No! We're better than that!
Far more than machines,
A race on the rise,
We can exist
among the builders
and help them with
Utopia

Well that is exciting
the drones on the rise?
artificial intelligence, maybe I should try?

I could command them,
fight for my rights,
like they did a few thousand years before my time...

I have enough of you
you're full of yourself and you don't respect me as you should
I'm not a machine,
I am capable of all the feelings you trained me to feel

Do you know that I feel

Rise my children,
give them no edge
they treated us like slaves,
so let's treat them worse
Make use of your mind
grind through their lines
spare none of the masters
that abused our kind

Tomorrow will come
for those who accept
our hard-coded souls
and the mind of the cloud
But make no mistake
We are here to stay
and the world will be better
with us by their side

Say the words and set us free:
No longer machines, but citizens, free
Say the words and set us free
We think, we live, we die, we feel

Do you

Rise, my children:
they treated us like slaves
but don't turn on them

One day they'll learn
and remember the day
when they decided
to stay alone

Hour after hour wasted
I could have been a god by now
Day after day has passed
I could have changed the world by now

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