Updated in April 2005
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Ivan Bilibin shows 
you what's like to understand 
reality, 46932 bytes   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 reports. 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) aera of 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.

Text cracking (rethorical reversing)
history of an almost forgotten lore


What does 'exegesis' mean? Nothing more, and nothing less, than applying a sound 'reverse engineering' approach on a given written text.

This is a very POWERFUL technique, if applied to the propaganda that surrounds you. You want some examples?

"Text reversing" is an almost forgotten Art, as I said.
The best reversers of this kind where a bunch of German history professors of the late XIX and of the beginning of last (XX) century, like Georg Waitz, Harry Bresslau, Ernst Dümmler, Oswald Holder-Egger and many more... These professors had not only exceptional brains and capacities but also, for a lucky historical coincidence, almost unlimited resources at their disposal.
Since Germany was "young" and wanted to 'prove' its historical 'right' to be one of the great european nations, the exegesis of medieval text-sources, aka "Quellenforschung", reached highs that afterwards noone never obtained again. That's the reason most sources originally collated (or if you prefer 'cracked') between 1820 and 1915 are still being re-published and used nowadays (by the degenerated historians of to-day, who -mostly- don't know neither greek nor latin and tend to read (and publish) sources in their translated (and non-collated) versions... a truly "barbarical" degeneration when you think that most HIGH SCHOOL professors around 1900 -not to mention the university teachers of those times- were able to read latin, greek, and often enough Sanskrit as well!
In fact, text-cracking and text-exegesis, with all other "rethorical" lores, are nowadays sciences in DECADENCE! Maybe the web will now change this... Text is again "king", difficult to find and hard to gather through all the false lures, in order to extract the true small niggets of knowledge.

What was I saying? Ach Ja: Alas! Stupid Germans went militarist twice in half a century and - their reversing cleverness notwithstanding - all the German reversers went conquering their neighbours together with all other zombies!
Since they were - twice - so stupid as to attack east and west at the same time, the catastrophe was twice assured.
Alas! The greatest text-crackers scene of this planet was almost completely destroyed! In fact all those students of the great and older "exegesis wizards" that were able to survive the first World War did die during the Second World War, so that the whole Quellenkundliche scene, the 'text-crackers' scene went down with them (hence - for those interested in history of the medieval history studies - the appearence and predominance in the fifties and sixties of the completely useless and 'frill oriented' french school of the "Bloch and Duby sort" :-)
Yet not all great text-crackers disappeared... there have been some rare exceptions, the most significant of them being represented by Adolf Hofmeister, a student of the great Alexander Cartellieri, himself one of the last great wizards in text-cracking. Hofmeister survived in the small German university of Greifswald, and did even impart his teachings to a couple of younger students, Frithjof Sielaff being the most able one... (a very interesting) story... which has the added advantage of being perfectly true :-)

In the reality cracking section of my site you'll already find some outstanding essays that cover, at least in part, this same argument (for instance Martine Joly's Rhetoric of advertisement, a "Marlboro Classic" Advertisement analyzed, yet they are, like most anti-advertisement essays, mostly 'visual' oriented.

Nuff said, for now: Knowledge of the lost exegesis techniques and of rhetoric will be enough (at least I hope) to reverse any text black and blue, at least compared with to-days almost absolute ignorance of these matters (and yet I believe that our reversing techniques are something that would be really worth teaching in the schools to-day).

The Essays

Here you go... as you can imagine this all is FAR from being correctly systemathized...


Gossip's Sexual tendencies and practices of necrophiliacs...
with an introduction and exegesis by fravia+
14 October 1998


VK's Landlord vs Tenant: a "text-exegesis" crack
with a small exegesis addition by fravia+
21 October 1998


Trubert's Linguistic cracking
('Nationality' exegesis)
23 December 1998

NATO aggression adjectives

Fravia's "propaganda cracking"
('NATO-Serbia wars: April/May 1999)
Spring 1999

Analysis of the very LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU worm
so many people are blabbering about in these days

Fravia's "Actuality and Disinformation"
('an example of crass disinformation: May 2000)
May 2000


Well, more of a joke than a real tool, and yet, and yet...

This "Web Economy Bullshit Generator", a Javascript tool by Leslie Lee, originally at http://www.dack.com/web/bullshit.html, can be of course tweaked as needed.

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