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10/14/2004 Archived Entry: ""

Gordon P. writes, Rand Simberg satirizes postmodernism by writing a "postmodern eulogy" to Jacques Derrida [founder of deconstructionism who recently died]. He also links to the infamous "Postmodern babble generator," a bit of code that produces artificial postmodern text that even postmodernists have difficulty distinguishing from "real" postmodern text. For the geeks among us, the postmodern babble-generator uses a recursive grammar fed to the cleverly-named "Dada Engine," the details of which are listed in the equally cleverly titled "On the simulation of postmodernism and mental debility using recursive translation networks." The simplicity of the recursive grammar used pretty much conclusively demonstrates that postmodern text has near-zero complexity and information content... >:-)

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