Culture

by Mike Masnick




Google Book Scan Plan A Threat To French Culture?

from the er...-scan-your-own-damn-books dept

The French government always seems to have a problem with the fact that us uncultured Americans use the internet. Years ago, they had to come out with a special French list of internet terms, out of a fear that French people would start using American terms to refer to things online (oh, the horror!). Now, it appears that the head of France's national library is quite upset about Google's plans to scan a large volume of books from various libraries. The fear is that Google, being an American company, will focus mainly on English-language books and American interpretations on events. The obvious answer to this, of course, is to tell him to go scan his own books. Why should he worry what Google is doing? If he's afraid that the books they scan aren't the books he wants, then he should organize an effort to solve that problem by getting the books he wants scanned himself.

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    Michael Zimmer, 22 Feb 2005 @ 2:41pm

    There's more at play here...

    While its easy to poke fun at what appears to be yet another Internet-related French identity crisis, there are large issues at play here, including the hegemony of the West in general, and the United States in particular, in the creation & distribution of content on the Internet, the pervasiveness of Google, and the general implications of the Googlization of more and more of the world's information. More here

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