They can’t do without the farmer story. When people who wish to transform India through the Internet talk about their plans, they tend to tell a story that goes something like this: A poor farmer is about to sell his crop very cheap when someone, often a smart adolescent granddaughter, checks the market price online, and the farmer makes a more informed decision.
It appears that technology executives feel they must treat the Internet as something deeply noble and serious in order to substantiate its importance in an impoverished nation.
Even Facebook, that great time suck of FarmVille, not farmers, seems to have suffered a head injury and is now imagining itself as Mother Teresa.… Seguir leyendo »
This month, the organization that governs Internet domain names began allowing addresses without any Latin characters. Countries that use Cyrillic and Arabic characters were the first to change, with others on the way. Has the World Wide Web just become a little wider? Three writers offer their answers.
Goddess English of Uttar Pradesh.
By Manu Joseph, the deputy editor of the Indian newsweekly OPEN and the author of the forthcoming novel Serious Men.
A fortnight ago, in a poor village in Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, work began on a temple dedicated to Goddess English. Standing on a wooden desk was the idol of English — a bronze figure in robes, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and holding aloft a pen.… Seguir leyendo »