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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Write on This Page

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Seth Fischer
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Seth Fischer reminds us of Neo-Benshi. Unpacking the previous sentence: Seth Fischer is a writer and editor over at the Rumpus. Benshi were a class of Japanese artists in the early 20th century who would creatively narrate silent films. You'd have a darkened theater, a charismatic guy who'd maybe never seen the movie before, and he's telling his version of whatever he thinks is going on. (You're thinking Mystery Science Theater 3000, you fucking nerd. And you're not far off.) He'd do foley, or sing, or whatever; it was his show. Or her show, there were lady benshi. Neo-Benshi is the updated, high-tech/low-tech, nothing-is-safe version of that old art form; anyone talks over anything, film soundtracks fade in and out, people do remixes. There's a website, obviously, but we didn't get permission to use it yet. And back to Seth: Webscribble. Looks like this, this is Seth's scribble of the goog + Sappho:

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Seth wants you, he wants your webscribble.

"We write right over the Web," is how he puts it, and his site has instructions and examples and jazz like that, but you don't need it, you only need to think how you now have a whole new ... thing. You're like a caveman with a new kind of rock, so run out and bash in some pterodactyl skulls of literature, for a benshi proclamation. To keep you from too much crazy, you have to use someone else's words. "A quote from someone else written over a screenshot," says Seth. Deadline March 1.

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