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Academic Writing Fun With I Write Like

Posted in Absurdities by Caroline Roberts on July 24, 2010
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I Write Like is a nifty little site that lets you paste in a chunk of text and find out which famous author might turn out similar work.

Who knows if the results are randomly generated or tied to a complexity rating? But I thought it would be fun to plug in the classic examples of Bad Writing to find out who these academics wrote like.

First, a famous chunk from Homi Bhabha:
“If, for a while, the ruse of desire is calculable for the uses of discipline soon the repetition of guilt, justification, pseudo-scientific theories, superstition, spurious authorities, and classifications can be seen as the desperate effort to ‘normalize’ formally the disturbance of a discourse of splitting that violates the rational, enlightened claims of its enunciatory modality.”

I write like
Mary Shelley

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Hmmm …. let’s try Judith Butler and find out if we can crack the code:
“The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.”

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I predicted that I Write Like would return a 404 error, but I guess not. Then again, I put in some of my own writing and found out that I write like David Foster Wallace, which is flattering, but I certainly do not write like Judith Butler, so I think they still need to work out a few bugs.


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