Sociology


… and a game.
Ich bin bei solchen angeblich so menschenfreundlichen Internetspielen immer etwas skeptisch. Aber dieses hier scheint mir erstens gut gemacht und zweitens habe ich Spaß daran gefunden, mein geographisches Wissen zu testen.
Gefunden bei Jochen Lüders, der vermutlich gleich nach der ersten Runde sein Ergebnis festhielt. Ich muss zugeben, dass ich die erste Runde […]

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Oh! it is a glorious thing, I ween,
to be a regular modern queen.

With this subtle allusion to a classic British piece of world literature, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Her Royal Highness deigned to visit the Headquarters of Google UK. And what did she do there, you may well ask? Well, she … uploaded a video to YouTube, or, to be more precise, to her own Royal Channel on YouTube:
As the Guardian puts it:

with the click of gloved finger [she] uploaded footage onto her own YouTube channel, surrounded by a gaggle of its most popular users and the video website’s 31-year-old founder Chad Hurley. It was not, alas, a video of a Corgi on a skateboard or a family pratfall — although YouTube already contains plenty of opportunities to relive the embarrassment of It’s a Royal Knockout 21 years ago. The topical choice was archive footage of her 42-year-old self meeting Olympic athletes in 1968.

The staff at Google felt so much honoured that they created a new logo version for their UK website. It IS pretty, isn’t it? And when you click on Her Majesty’s Head, you get search results on “Queen Elisabeth II”. Awww. 😉

And the Guardian site tells us a little more about the romance between the Queen and modern technology:

According to the Palace, the Queen was the first monarch in the world to send an email, at an Army base in 1976. And her Palace advisors have been quick to recognise the need to use the latest technology to promote the royal brand at home and abroad. It was, after all, the Coronation that led to an explosion in TV ownership.

The Queen has had her own website since 1997, while her Christmas speech has been available as a podcast since 2006. The videos on the royal YouTube channel have had 4m channel views since it launched in November 2007. Which sounds impressive, until you hear that Geriatric1927 has had more than 7m. And that footage of a laughing baby that was shown to the Monarch has been seen 63.3m times. “I think she enjoyed it, everyone enjoyed it. It’s hard to resist a laughing baby,” concluded Hurley.

I’m particularly happy about the proper use of the present perfect, by the way (”has had her own website”) – a mark of grammatical impeccability not always adhered to elsewhere.

This entry with proper links: TulgeyWoody

Christian Spannagel beschreibt in seinem Blog eine schöne Methode, mit der am Beginn eines Seminars (oder Kurses, Schuljahrs …) den Beteiligten verdeutlicht werden kann, wie groß ihr Anteil am Gelingen der gemeinsam verbrachten Zeit ist:
In die Zukunft und zurück « chrisp’s virtual comments.

Gefunden via Hokeys Blog “Kreide fressen” – danke!

Dieser Eintrag mit richtigen Links: TulgeyWood

Slate V – Damned Spot: All-Time Favorite Political Ads
Slate’s John Dickerson opens the vault of the Museum of the Moving Image to pick his top five political ads of all time.

This entry with proper links (and an embedded video): TulgeyWood

Nicht nur die Stiftung Deutsche Sprache (besonders mit ihrer Aktion “Lebendiges Deutsch”) möchte kein ‘Denglisch’ mehr hören, nicht nur die Académie Française ist gegen ‘Franglais’ – nein, jetzt beginnen auch die Italiener, sich gegen (gefühlt) zu viele Einflüsse des Englischen zu wehren und das ‘Anglitaliano’ zu verdrängen. Der Telegraph berichtet über die Bemühungen der Dante-Alighieri-Gesellschaft, die die Besucher ihrer Internetseiten dazu aufgefordert hatte, den hässlichsten Anglizismus im Italienischen zu wählen: Italians vote for ugliest English words.

Ich finde ja den ganzen Artikel interessant, aber wenn jemand neugierig ist und wenig Zeit hat – die Hitliste der ungeliebtesten Ausdrücke führen an:

‘weekend’, ‘welfare’ and ‘OK’, followed by ‘briefing’, ‘mission’, ‘know how’, ’shampoo’ and ‘cool’.

The worlds of business and politics contribute many of the alien words, from ‘question time’ to ‘premier’ and ‘bipartisan’.

Other English words regularly used by Italians which escaped the ire of the society’s correspondents include ’sexy’, ‘webmaster’ and ‘water’, short for water closet or lavatory.

“Italians unite against il weekend”, the society declared on its website. “In short, it is clear that Italians are calling for more respect and more protection for correct language.”

Doch Korrespondent Nick Squires ist sich sicher: “Many Italians are unlikely to be swayed by such exhortations.”

On The New York Times’s op-ed page, William Falk, the editor in chief of The Week magazine, alerts us to some things that happened while our attention was absorbed by the two party conventions (is it necessary to add that we’re talking about “political parties”? not the ones where you get food and drink and generally have a good time talking to interesting people … although this could happen at a (political) party convention, too). His article is here, if you want to read all of it: The Two Weeks You Missed.

In this blog, let me just talk about one of the items that I found really fascinating. Falk reports that the authorities in the District of Columbia (remember: this is where America’s capital – and capitol – are) want to do something about the unusually bad scores of public middle-school students: This fall, the three thousand participants of a pilot program “will be paid for showing up at school, behaving well and getting good grades”.
(Yes. – No, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes.)

The idea of giving students financial incentives is starting to gain traction throughout the nation, with schools in New York City and five states experimenting with cash-for-grades. The district’s schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, says the rationale is simple: “This is exactly what life is about. You get a paycheck every two weeks. We’re preparing children for life.”

I do hope there will be encouraging reports around this time next year. It sounds great – if it is somehow possible to finance “cash-for-grades” (e.g. by using some of the unemployment support that won’t be necessary because more graduates with good qualifications will mean fewer unemployed school leavers or dropouts).

Introduction of such a system here would rob some of the cheeky students of their standard reply. Whenever a teacher tells them: “Why don’t you put more effort in your homework? I prepare my lessons, too” – they say: “Well, you’re being paid for it.”

This entry with proper links: TulgeyWood

Die Süddeutsche Zeitung von heute (Nr. 183, 7. August 2008 )1 hat in ihrer Abteilung für leichte und mitunter skurrile Unterhaltung (”Panorama”) einen schönen Artikel über den (nicht so schönen) Niedergang englischer Pub-Kultur.
Schon die Schlagzeile gefällt mir sehr – ein gutes Beispiel für die Pun-Kultur der SZ, die …

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1Ich weiß, dass vor der Klammer kein Leerzeichen stehen sollte – aber wenn ich keines setze, dann macht mir die Blog-Software einen „Cool“-Smilie draus (Zahl Acht plus Klammer). 😦

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