Saturday, June 28, 2008

Cellephony: The Anti-Hegemony

A globe of humans all able to call one another on a computer-based cellphone destabilizes and can defeat every evil known to mankind.

I was just reading Benjamin Galbraith's English as Technology (E.A.T.), in which he posits that English is the best universal language, and serves to advance all cultures technologically. (Click here to see full document on EAT.)

It prompted me to coin a more general term, Cellephony.

Cellephony, or maybe cellphonication, is the trend or agenda to put mobil phone computer technology in the hands of everyone above 8 years old on Earth.

As an agenda, Cellephony has these intentions or assumptions:

  • Global communication and computation trumps Democracy as a political condition for prosperity, peace and health.

  • Preserving ancient, revered lifestyles/cultures is itself a cruel hegemony, and putting cellphones in the hands of all is intended to end all romantically pure ancient ways.

  • A globe of humans all able to call one another destabilizes and can defeat every evil known to mankind.


BFGalbraith said...

Yeah, that's an interesting take on it. At one point in Mexico I was asking Seth "what if anyone on Earth could call anyone else on Earth in the same language?" It could solve almost any imaginable problem. Replace call here with text/e-mail/instant message/blog, all things cell phones will probably be able to do in the near future.

And for those who would like to see global democracy, keep in mind that will probably never happen witout a single universal language and a serious technology backbone where everyone has a terminal (hand held or otherwise, and in most cases it will be hand held.)

Brian Barker said...

I agree.Everyone should speak a universal language, but should also keep their own ethnic or national language.

This would rule out both English and Mandarin Chinese. Communication should be for all, and not just for an educational or political elite. In fact, a neutral, non-national language.

This seems to leave choice between Latin and Esperanto?

The accusation that Esperanto is not a living language is completely invalid. It's been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature (Baldur Ragnarsson) for example.

I've no axe to grind but would suggest

billchapman said...

Yes, Brian Barker is quite right. There is a non-technological solution to communication difficulties - Esperanto.

billchapman said...

Brian Barker is quite right. I'm all for the non-technological solution Esperanto.