Came across this webtool on Colin Brooke's blog: good, clean fun. It will read any plain text document (and you can just cut and paste from a Word document). Here's what my prospectus looks like as a tag cloud:

created at TagCrowd.com

Pretty much what I would expect, though I'm a bit surprised that Derrida doesn't have a presence... well, perhaps its fitting that he only haunts the document.


brian said...

Is this a poem?

mcsant said...

If it is, its certainly a cyborg poem--I didn't write it, but neither did the machine. It marks the intersection between man and machine, its the machine's "reader-response" to my work.

I think it would be cool to use with freshmen essays, to let them see what a "neutral" perspective reads in their paper.

Casey said...

GOD this is awesome. In this I see the beginning of a new era that will be marked by the aesthetic dissertation:

We will write our 300 pages, and then create this visual tag-map...

And that is all that will be published. Isn't the rest just filler anyways?

Insignificant Wrangler said...

Hopefully I'll remember to talk to you about this:

But what's really cool is that the tags are actually links--tagCrowd leaves the user responisble for going in and creating those links. So, were I to spend a few hours with this code in conjunction with wikipedia, amazon, librarything, and other such things (notice how I didn't say "libraries"...hmm...), you'd really have something incredible.

brian said...

I can't wait to finish my memoir and run it through here. I also can't wait to run the full text of Paradise Lost through here because I think God might pop out, quite literally.