A commenter Friday began deciphering the gobbledygook posted underneath a Washington Post that was published in error.
The story, which was labeled “Test — delete this,” consisted of a series of random keystrokes with no apparent meaning.
But that didn’t stop a commenter named “Rob_” from parsing the bogus copy for deeper truths:
The first two instances of “asdf” are easily attributable to the four left hand home letters on the QWERTY keyboard. But in the third instance, the letters are transposed to “sdaf.” Exactly what the author intends by this is unknowable, but it cannot be denied that it evidences a narrative arc, a challenge to our preconceptions. In spite of the passage’s minimalism — perhaps because of the passage’s minimalism — the author establishes himself as a modernist force to be reckoned with.
Perhaps worried that his or her opus wasn’t yet ready for the public, the modernist recluse promptly deleted the post, then replaced it with an editor’s note posted in 2010 in the National section explaining the error. Read more
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