See Beyond

As early as the 1920s, artists called the Dadaists began cutting up text and putting it together in new ways.  In the 1960s, writers and artists such as William Burroughs and Brion Gysin were experimenting with the technique, physically cutting up a newspaper or other text object into many pieces and then recombining them into new forms.  They saw it as a way to break through the hypnosis of traditional media and see beyond its false imagery to the real messages and commands its controllers were trying to transmit to us without our knowledge.  Digital technology has turned this technique from a fringe art form to a dominant aesthetic.

   ~ Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed – Ten Commands for a Digital Age

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