Right, I remember! Did I ever blog about being interviewed (“mentioned” would probably be the better term) by the guys over at the Yahoo Publisher Network blog? About Planet Yahoo!, of course. Hilarious how I completely forgot about this…
April 30. There’ll be an ARG to stimulate the Collective Intelligence to deal with the idea of an oil crisis starting end of April. I must say, I love the idea. There is apparently such a huge demand for ARGs, why not use this raw potential to do something worthwhile? World Without Oil aims to do that. Kudos.
Troubled languages. English is degrading each and every day, says Glass Maze’s lapsed cannibal in a amusing, yet angry rant.
I often find myself in meetings where the English language is beaten, burned, shat upon, drawn-and-quartered, and finally twisted into a monstrous parody of itself, then slapped onto a powerpoint slide and projected onto a wall, where its shame and ignominy are visible to all.
And you know what? He might be right, but I believe blood would come out of his ears on a daily basis, if he were a caring German listening to his native language. Don’t know what I mean? Take what he said, double it, and imagine parts of any given sentence being peppered with English/German halfbreeds constantly.
I notice that I, personally, see a decline in the quality of my German – which is my very own tongue, mind you –, due to the fact that I speak English half of the time for a good number of years by now. I switch between the languages without effort, sometimes in the middle of a sentence, and – worst of all – interchange English and German words rather frequently. Shame on me.
But the longer I think about it, the more I wonder whether this is a price we have to pay for globalization… Remember Blade Runner with his “gutter speak”? Just thinking out loud.