The Deletionist

The Deletionist is a concise system for automatically producing an erasure poem from any Web page. It systematically removes text to uncover poems, discovering a network of poems called “the Worl” within the World Wide Web.


The Deletionist takes the form of a JavaScript bookmarklet that automatically creates erasures from any Web pages the reader visits. A similar method has been used in Ji Lee's Wordless Web, which removes all text from Web pages, as well as applets that turn webpages into Katamari Damacy environments or Space Invaders levels to make a game of destroying language. Between such extremes and the everyday Web, The Deletionist finds a space of texts that amplify, subvert, and uncover new sounds and meanings in their sources. Neither an artificial intelligence nor a poetry generating system, The Deletionist has a repertoire for uncovering patterns and revealing the poetics at play within the cloud: from Project Gutenberg ebooks, to Facebook, to Bomb Magazine and Arts and Letters Daily, The Deletionist will willingly apply itself to any text set before it.


Folksonomies: new media

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/technology and computing/programming languages/javascript (0.518534)
/technology and computing/hardware/computer components/disks (0.346515)

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World Wide Web (0.944493): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Web page (0.656283): dbpedia | freebase
Web server (0.580234): dbpedia | freebase
Website (0.553084): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Web browser (0.552128): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
World Wide Web Consortium (0.515030): website | dbpedia | freebase | yago
Poetry (0.482340): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 About The Deletionist
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Montfort , Borsuk, Juul (2013), About The Deletionist, Retrieved on 2016-07-08
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  • Folksonomies: new media