William Burroughs Auto Text Bot or The Anti-Google !

I have a lot of blogs these days, to test out the medium, play around, test SEO in real time. I have been plating with some of my incoming spam from my spam folder, marveling at how the spammers have been creating amazing ‘quasi-text’, that reads quite well. There is some internal logic that the spammers have hit on, mining text form the entire internet and running it through some sort of ‘Anti-Google’, a text ‘blender’ as you will that grabs random text from all over the web and ‘blenderizes’ it into a strangely coherent form. I have been trying to achieve this, and failing miserably. In my search for an effective ‘Anti-Google’ I found this: Link

Excerpt:

“Taking their inspiration from the philosophy of sampling, William Burroughs’ cut-up technique, Jeff Noon’s “Cobralingus” project and too many long nights spent on music mixing desks, art-text-terrorists the Lazarus Corporation have created an online mixing desk – for writing.

The text mixing desk manipulates your writing with a succession of outboard effects – such as the “transgenderiser”, which swaps the sex of any gender-specific words faster than a Thai plastic surgeon, and the Burroughs inspired “cut-up engine” which takes a pair of scissors to your work and dances gleefully on the bleeding remains of your carefully constructed sentences.

But why on earth would you want to mangle your precisely worded prose in this way? Well, the Godfather of Beat and author of “Naked Lunch”, William S Burroughs, explains it best:

“The best writing seems to be done almost by accident but writers until the cut-up method was made explicit … had no way to produce the accident of spontaneity. You cannot will spontaneity. But you can introduce the spontaneous factor with a pair of scissors.”

…or in the case of the Lazarus Corporation’s text mixing desk, with some sharply written lines of code. This is, after all, the 21st century.”

One thought on “William Burroughs Auto Text Bot or The Anti-Google !

  1. Thanks for the comment Paul. I really enjoyed your site and have had some fun with it, generating some crazy content for a couple of my blogs. I am working with a writer/editor and can do some wordsmithing of my own, but he is very expensive.

    So I have been playing around with creating some of my own relevant blog spam. Kinda silly, and a little on the black hat side of things, but I do take text very seriously, and with Google becoming the great vacuum of the ether it is fun to see how the ‘relevancy determinator’ works out in th wild.

    I would be very supportive of your theoretical ‘Markov Chain module’. How can I help ?

    Oh and by the way, you guys are in Brighton, right ? Thats would be Brighton Enlgand ? Do you know this very funny gal who hails from your neck of the woods, Shhexy Corin ?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/upyerbum/

    I am one of her biggest fans ! 😉

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