Text generators and Dada

Posted by Ignacio Martínez 6 years, 1 month ago

Tristan Tzara
Tristan Tzara, the one who broke new ground!

You have to write a text and you see the cursor waiting for you to start and to explain whatever you have in your head. Or you have finished the writing of a project following a precise scheme developed in advance, having chosen carefully each word. You have read it so many times that you know it by heart.  But there is a problem: you know that a PDF of three pages is not going to convince anybody. You try the trick of increasing the font size, but the result is close to what a little boy would make using Word 98. Desperation is not necessary, the automatic generators will come to your rescue.

They are commonly known as bullshit generators, I do not think it necessary to explain what this means… We are not talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) but about the sense of humour and the parodies that exist happily in Internet. The human capacity to recognize what can be humorous, satirical or burlesque is the remaining border that faces AI. Science fiction is not only about colonizing Mars but also a computer that make us laugh.

The clearest ancestor of text generator would probably be the cut-up technic, created by the Dadaist Tristan Tzara. It was used during the XX century by writers and artists such as William S. Burroughs, Julio Cortázar or David Bowie.

Here you can find our selection of bullshit generators as useless as amusing:

1.Lorem Ipsum - All the facts - Lipsum generator
Not really funny… but useful! The traditional text used since the XVI century, first in printing and now ready to cut and paste.

2. SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator
One of the most sophisticated ones, SCIgen generates research articles in Computing Sciences with graphics and figures.

3. New Age Bullshit Generator
The botón “Reionize electrons” creates New Age statements as crazy as the original ones. .

4. Web Business Bullshit Generator
This generator creates using information technologies business slang very similar to the one coming from the “business schools”.  To sell whatever to whoever…

5. Corpspeak: infinite corporate bullshit generator
The most complete silly business materials generator. It can provide press releases with skyscrapers photographs, diagrams and people dressed in suits.

6. Artybollocks generator
The ideal tool for artists that consider that explaining their work would make them loose valuable time for creation.

7. DadaDodo
Last but not least, the most unforeseeable of generators. Its name honors the Dadaists’ as initiators of this process. It is easy to imaging Tristan Tzara reloading the page endlessly.


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