Thanksgiving Is Ruined
December 14, 2011
Why does Google correct my miss-spellllyngz?
Frédéric Kaplan had some thoughts about this, and the topic of "linguistic capitalism," in last month's Le Monde Diplo (here) (below, roughly):
When the search engine corrects on the fly a word that you have spelled badly, it does not to render you a service: more often, it's transforming a raw material without much value (a misspelled word) into a directly profitable economic resource.
A pretty full draft version of Kaplan's article appears on his fascinating blog, here.
His point seems to be that never before has an entity had both, a) such a vast, up to the minute mastery of living language (and thus thought) in all its richness and variation (accidental & deliberate), and b) such incentive and ability to squelch and flatten that diversity in the interest of private profit.
If true: kwyte skairee.