August 10th, 2018

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"What is the future of English in the US?" asks the BBC.

What pisses me off when I look at articles like this one is how there is almost no push for a common language in the mainstream discourse — be it the common first language ("oh, but the minority languages, they are so important") or the common second language. No, they would rather shame the English speakers about their unearned privilege and extol the virtues of speaking Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.

This is one of the topics that keeps haunting me. Along with such concepts as culture (not in the sense of civilization in general, but in a more localized ethnic meaning) and history (which for some reason feels important to many).

I even had a new achievement unlocked recently. I almost never write anything on Twitter — I only monitor it to keep track of several tech topics — but one of the people I followed looked up on a fairly regular basis wrote that the distributed web (something he strives for) will help oppose the spread of the modern internet monoculture and preserve local cultures. I snapped and left a comment that it was postcolonial discourse talking; that there is nothing bad about the internet monoculture (whatever that means). And that earned me my very first Twitter ban :-)