The web is text. All images and sounds and frills notwithstanding, the web is text. It was
created in order to exchange and store texts. Email are texts, the whole
Usenet is in great part text...
Perl, the web-programming language that's now all the rage, is an
acronym of "Practical Extraction Report Language" and was created
to extract information from text files and prepare
It is evident: because of the web the 'written expression'
has re-acquired an importance it did seem to have in part lost during the (now obsolete)
radio, telephone and
television (also known as "age of the frill-morons" :-)
Yes: the web is text, an ocean of text, a galaxy of messages and information without order, with dubiose autorship, with missing or misplaced references.
How do you now if the paper you are reading on a site called "university of southern Malawi" is a real university paper with scientific value or a complete fake that has been put up by a kid to prank you and thousand others?
No wonder that "urban legends" abound on the web. Trying to fix the "paternity" of a page can be a nightmare per se.
So we need means and tools to understand the real value of the texts we encounter.
| But we don't have these means and tools any
more, in a society that has been tv-zombized for 50 years.
Therefore we should - among other things - go back to the old "text-crackers", starting maybe with the great rethorical wizards of ancient Greece, and continuing with the masters of the evangelische text-exegesis, the incredible German crackers of the 'Quellenkunde' of the beginning of this now closing century.
Since we can search, we find. The old lore. Since we can reverse we will learn how to crack - in spades - the pathetical 'protection schemes' used by magazines, newspapers, politicians, any deceiving writers. We will fight the email spammers, the propagandist of the rotten world-order glorified everyday on all media by our advertisement enemies.
We are reversers, a new race... and a very old one. Beware.