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The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text.
The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.
Learn more at Wikipedia.
In this online version, you search keywords to pull random text mashups from the Internet. This website lets you look into a "world wide haystack" for needles of juxtaposition that maybe, just maybe, might strike a wondrous chord of inspiration.
Also, you can paste a URL directly to cut up a specific web page. Yes!
The "random spaces" option is there to help break up the density of the results.
The "chunkiness" option controls the number of words randomized at a time. 1 means every word is randomized. 2 put the results in word clusters of 2. 5 keeps it in clusters of 5, etc. Sometimes the search result source is fairly random - so a "less random" chunkiness in this case might still feel pretty random, but the code on my end is still working. It's not broke.
A traditional version is also included. With that, you can paste your own text here instead of searching the web.
|2020-03-28||Bug fixes, added chunkiness level 10, added support for diacritics and international characters, better mobile|