'Linguistic Cybercolonization'

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LOBALIZATION, LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND MEDIA, pp.146-187, B.N. Patnaik, S.I. Hasnain, eds., Simla Institute of Advanced Studies, 2006 


This paper dealt mainly with the condition of language, both internalized and externalized, at the age of globalization as well as Electronic capitalism by reiterating earlier stands taken by Bandyopadhyay(1999a, 1999b, 2000). It starts with a Marxian metaphor of inversion (in case of commodity fitishism) that lead us to the understanding of the nature of inversion of language and creative speaking subject as well. Different spaces of communication (in the Indian context) was introduced in Sec-3 with a view to understand the cyber-spatial hyper-reality vis a vis other spaces of communication (Indian grass-root plurilingualism, administrative use of language and Business language). Sec-3 had different subsections that briefly deal with (a) “inner domain” of Indian plurilingualism (3.1); (b) language of Indian administration (3.2) and (c) Language of National and Multinational business sectors (3.3 and 3.4). In 3.4.2, the Social Scientific and Environmental scientific problems of Computational Linguistics (CL) was discussed as CL is now creating a cyber-zone of communication with a view to create speaking machine and computer is the repertoire of large language-data. Sec-3.4.3 was on the encroachment/cohabitation of centre's language in the so-called "local" language and 3.4.4 will conclusively summarize the theme of the Sec-3, i.e. use of Externalized language in the "Glocalized" (=global local) society keeping in mind the “Indian” context. Sec-4 shifted to the problem of Internalized Language. Here the hypothesis of crippled creativity was introduced by attesting the locus (i.e. the cyberspace) of “ideal” speaking subject. According to this hypothesis, linguistic creativity is crippled by the outside sociality and the creative speaking subject is ceased to be existed in the world of behavioral manipulation. Lastly, in Sec-5, the "Art of resistance" was discussed. In this last section, the Marxian metaphor of inversion in the context of market economy was inverted again with the logic of double negation to achieve the scope for emancipatory dialogue without manipulation. However this Habermasian agenda of achieving communicative competence was again questioned by the author as a transcendental locus for dialogue would not to be found in the planet earth.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Glocal, Electronic Capitalism, Crippled Creativity, Cyber-colonization, Psi-properties

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Comment by Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay on January 8, 2015 at 9:06pm

Thans  John McCreery for your insightful comment. I am fully agreeing with you and I have been working on this phenomenon (crippled creativity) since 1989. I am sharing  following links for your kind opinions: 

1. https://www.academia.edu/1260924/The_Crippled_Creativity_An_Inquiry...

2. https://www.academia.edu/411078/_Psi-Properties_Language_Psyche_and...


4. https://www.academia.edu/1678510/_Crippled_Creativity_Language_Psyc...

Comment by John McCreery on January 8, 2015 at 1:50pm

Personally, I find the proposition that creative speaking subjects no longer exist because linguistic creativity is crippled by sociality preposterous. It is extremely peculiar, indeed, to have academic punditry denying the possibility of creativity, when the rest of the world seems totally mad about it, with creativity and innovation buzzwords in business as well as the arts. 

That there are millions whose voices go largely unheard is undeniable. That most of what they have to say is cliches is also undeniable. But why in the world would anyone expect every Greek to be a Homer, every Roman a Cicero, or every Chinese a poet of the caliber of Li Po or Du Fu? That truly creative people are rare seems to have been a truism for all of recorded human history. Why should things be different now?

Comment by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on January 4, 2015 at 3:48pm

very interesting!


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