Tasked with creating a ‘persona poem’ yesterday (with the suggestion of a superhero). So I started trolling the internet for some inspiration – and came across this story from today, which I found simultaneously interesting, amusing and alarming.
WordPress (which hosts this very site) has been ‘attacked’ by a ‘Giant Botnet’ of some thousands of linked computers since last week – and this may have been a pre-cursor to a much larger attack (a ‘Mega Botnet’?)…When thinking, then, about a superhero – I thought we (WordPress users, many of whom will be using it to share their NaPoWriMo efforts) could do with the ANTI-BOTNET.
Last month, I went to the Leeds Trinity Writers’ Festival Day and we did a workshop on the ‘Techno-Poem’. This seemed such a rich thread of techno-speak, -images and -ideas, I thought… HERE COMES THE ANTI-BOTNET (WHO ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITALS).
BE WARNED, READER – THIS ONE IS VERY VERY SILLY:
I AM ANTI-BOTNET
I AM ANTI-BOTNET. FROM WITHIN THE
NETWORK’S SPACES, I EMERGE: FROM THE
DARKLING ROBOT’S SHADOW, I WILL SURGE
INTO THE NETWORK PROTOCOLS
OF YOUR TECHNO-SOUL.
I AM ANTI-BOTNET AND NO MALICIOUS
SOFTWARE THREATENS ME. NO IRC
CAN CHAT ITS WAY THROUGH
THE INTERNET RELAY SUITE
OF MY CYBER-MIND.
I AM ANTI-BOTNET AND MY CAPS-LOCK
IS FOREVER ON: ZOMBIE-COMPUTERS
FEAR THE ENCRYPTION OF MY CRY;
THE SPAMDEX-NETQUAKE OF MY ROAR.
I CODE FEAR IN TO SKYNET,
YES – EVEN TERMINATOR.
I AM ANTI-BOTNET AND NO BOT-HERDER
USHERS ME TOWARDS DESTINY. MY
ALMIGHTY ALGORITHMS SELF-ARISE
IN THE SILICONE-STEELY SOLIDITY
OF MY BILLION-BILLION-WEBCAM EYES.