November 02, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen, your UN tax dollars at work

Here's something to mull over:

Too much English on Net, warns expert From correspondents in Vouliagmeni, Greece November 02, 2006 EXPERTS at a UN forum on internet governance warned that the predominant use of English on the worldwide web needs to be checked before it crowds out other languages.

They fear forms of cultural knowledge accumulated over centuries of human progress could be lost for ever.

“Some 90 per cent of 6000 languages (at use today) are not represented on the internet,” said Yoshinori Imai of NHK, Japan's Broadcasting Corporation.

“These people could be left out in the desert of no information and no knowledge,” he said.

In countries such as Colombia and Senegal, oral tradition and cultural heritage that could be used for research and education purposes may never reach the broader world, sociologists and linguists told the four-day forum, held in the southern Athens suburb of Vouliagmeni until November 2.

“A large part of the population are voiceless because they cannot share the information,” said Adama Samassekou, president of the African Academy of Languages in Mali.

“Every time a language dies, a vision of the world disappears,” he said.

Insert your beeeg, baaaahd, Anglo-Saxons joke here.

Tim Berners-Lee: cultural imperialist.

But I think here at the LLamabutchers we can do an important public service for the UN: we need to translate the phrase "Jessica Alba's bodacious knockers" into all the languages---written and oral---of the world.

Help Les LLamabutchers end the evil Anglo-Saxo hegemony over Le Internette by translating the phrase "Jessica Alba's bodacious knockers" into all the languages of the world, or we'll boil these perky penguin puppies into crankcase oil and feed them to our Ford Escape.

Posted by Steve-O at November 2, 2006 06:55 PM | TrackBack

I'm fairly certain that one of those penguins is looking right down her shirt. I can't imagine what a Morgan Freeman narration of this scene would sound like.

Posted by: Kirk at November 3, 2006 09:48 AM

Jessica Alba . . .

huh? what? were you saying something?

Wunderbar bossom.

Posted by: rbj at November 3, 2006 12:19 PM

heurtoirs bodacious de Jessica Alba

Posted by: LB Buddy at November 3, 2006 04:24 PM

Got Milk?

Posted by: Marvin at November 6, 2006 09:15 PM