The State of Online Subtitling

The State of Online Subtitling

In a recent post, “Indigenous Protests, Wikileaks and Online Subtitles” I focused on the social and historical importance of adding subtitles to online video, especially as it relates to those who promote human rights and inclusive rural development. Most...
Indigenous Protests, Wikileaks and Online Subtitles

Indigenous Protests, Wikileaks and Online Subtitles

In June 2009 residents of Lima witnessed just how far removed their urban media were from the reality of daily life in the north of Peru. Peruvian protesters in June 2009 at Devil’s Curve. Photograph by Enrique Castro-Mendivil. The Protest Earlier that year Peru...
Mexico's SB-1070

Mexico's SB-1070

The following is my translation of Alberto Escorcia’s post, “Ley General de Población, una SB-1070 a la mexicana“, which was originally published on Pateando Piedras under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share alike license. Photographs are by...
Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

I keep thinking back to this idea that rather than readers paying for publications, writers will eventually have to pay readers for their attention. Many – maybe most – of my friends consider themselves writers of some type. They hang onto different labels...

Open Translation Tools 2009

On September 19, 2005 a tall, dark, and handsome Taiwanese blogger who goes by the strange name of “Portnoy” decided that he would start translating select blog posts from Global Voices into Chinese. His first translation was of a post by Indonesian...
The Expansion of Ignorance is Inevitable

The Expansion of Ignorance is Inevitable

In The Omnivore’s Dilema Michael Pollan reminds us that food is an inelastic good, which is to say that, obesity aside, there is a limit to how many calories a person can consume in a single day. Any more and we would explode. Once we all reach that caloric...