Monday, June 09, 2008

Feedback, Government and Language

I've already written how a popular government is a sort of feedback loop, the people elect officials, the officials decide, the officials act, the press reports on the actions, the press reports on the results, the people elect officials...

At the time I was interested in the fact that the press was an essential part of this loop, but that it was also a corporate interest, a profit-making enterprise.

Now I am just interested in pointing out that, in addition, if you don't speak the language of the local press, it is a wonder how informed your vote might be without extensive efforts on the parts of translators, most likely in the form of family members who would read and then relay the news.

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