If you are one of the strange few that actually reads about postmodernism and its cultural trends of relativism, pluralism, and anti-institutionalism, you'll love one of my favorite sites on the internet. It comes out of the academic study of language, and a somewhat cynical and nihilist view of human culture that begins with the premise that all our language ultimately amounts to meaninglessness. (kinda reminds you of a certain Hebrew poet and sage, doesn't it?)
The site is an essay generator, something like Dilbert's Mission Statement Generator. But more than that, using some sophisticated tools of linguistics, language theory, and deconstruction, they actually built a mathematical algorithm that builds the essay rather than slapping together random quotes. After you follow the link, hit refresh on your browser a few times and it'll keep generating new essays, complete with quotes and bibliographic sources. The sarcastic beauty of the essay generator is that, in a way, it is the technology of Ecclesiastes: it's all as meaningless as the content of each mathematically generated essay. Depressed yet?
Here's a short sample:
Dialectic predeconstructive theory and socialismOkay, enough meaningless words. Here's the generator.
I. Jean-Francois Dahmus
Department of Literature, Carnegie-Mellon University
Thomas Z. Hubbard
Department of Politics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1. Burroughs and subconceptualist patriarchial theory
If one examines Lyotardist narrative, one is faced with a choice: either accept subconceptualist patriarchial theory or conclude that art is capable of significant form. The closing/opening distinction prevalent in Burroughs’s Nova Express is also evident in The Ticket that Exploded. “Society is meaningless,” says Baudrillard. However, many theories concerning posttextual Marxism exist. The subject is interpolated into a dialectic predeconstructive theory that includes truth as a whole.