Of course the project described here is doomed.
Any language you could devise, each and every not-immediately-interested-in-this-exact-l
anguage member of the public is going to take one look at it and go, "Why? What makes this any bit better than English/Chinese/Arabic/French/whatever language I personally consider to be the unmarked ordinary mode of communication?" and stop caring. Similar goes for writing systems - the Roman alphabet is reasonably consistent for most European languages, but with so many people speaking the major outliers English and Chinese (no one who hasn't specifically studied it gets Pinyin right, ever, even though after studying it I found it perfectly straightforward) and I'm sure plenty of others who would much rather write in Cyrillic or Arabic or Hebrew or Chinese (in before traditional versus simplified). Trying to assert a Roman alphabet as unmarkedly universal would (rightly) be seen as a colonialist affront.
Also, IPA. (notwithstanding my last point)
This does bring up, and it's the only reason I'm even posting this, some speculation as to just what the ideal common language ought to look like. Obviously this is going to be strongly coloured with my own personal political and epistemological biases, and would be "universal" given only a tiny universe that, if expanded, would only expand through decades of conflict and long-term viral meme attacks.
Except with respect to gender, I've tried to avoid the usual pitfalls of starting with forms first, "they have no word for x hence they don't and can't think of x", and any notion that universally adopting this thing would have any relation to peace other than the startling and unprecedented fact that all the nations of the world went and did something together. My aim is my own biased idea of what features combined together may be more efficient than any current world language alone.( blah blah blah )
And now linkdumpery that's been sitting in notes.txt far too long.http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/Ferry+Pink+Shirt+doing+more+harm+than+good+battling/8020667/story.html
And the reason the anti-bullying movement isn’t effective is that it’s engaged in a futile attempt to get rid of human nature — while acting like a bully itself.
“Some of the nastiest people are anti-bully activists ... and they feel completely justified being nasty,” Kalman said in an interview from Staten Island in New York.
I'll offer another reason: The vast majority of us haven't the slightest clue
what standing up to bullying even looks like.
We have never experienced the imminent risk of being identified with the victim and being subject to the same treatment.
We have never experienced that moment when you're caught up in whatever our friends are doing and have bought into it as the perpetrator before we've had the chance to think about what's going on.
We have never experienced the extreme social awkwardness of backing out, being that one asshole who ruins it for everyone else.
Or we have, and literally have no concept of what to do except succumb to it every time.I really like this redesign of Supergirl.
Most likely because of the callback to this
...A study of what the "average" porn star is really like.Related.
Really, it doesn't matter what I could have posted with this, it's related.