Travesty Corporate PR InfoMixer
amy alexander

The InfoMixer is based on the classic Perl program "Travesty," which makes a strange parody of any text - or texts - by rearranging it based on the frequency with which pairs of words appear. first used Travesty back in 1998 to create the Plagiarist Manifesto, a remix of other people's famous manifestos. We at were so fond of Travesty, we decided to pay homage to it by using it again here in the Corporate PR InfoMixer. With Travesty's savvy at spotting text similarities and maximizing their productivity, it seemed like the ideal tool for the job...

But why corporate PR ?
We'd noticed a strange similarity between the texts that corporations write about themselves. They were so darned similar, they seemed well, impersonal... formulaic.... Could it be that corporate PR departments were insincere, merely assembling generic PR-speak and inserting a few corporation-specific words here and there? But perhaps we were looking at this the wrong way... After all, think of how similar much dance music sounds. Instead of dissing it, enterprising DJ's and computer musicians have learned to combine these nicely meshing sounds into delightful dance remixes. Inspired by this innovative approach, we at have decided to take a similar tact. Thus, we can pay tribute to the works of these classic corporate PR artists, while livening them up a bit through digital enhancement. And simultaneously create a kuhl new piece of remix software even the musically challenged can enjoy!

While Travesty has been around for years, it hasn't been easy for people without unix skills and shell accounts to use. The InfoMixer lets most anyone with a web hosting account take advantage of Travesty's incredible rhetoric-comparing powers!

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keywords: realtime-parodyware-html-perl-automation-
algorithm is the message-software homage software for the Internet
category: algorithmic appreciation/non-code-related
uploaded by amy, 15 Dec 2002

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