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2010-01-19 We Are The Network “How do Social Media and Virtual Worlds Affect Cultural Translation?”

January 17th, 2010

We Are The Network logo 300How do Social Media and Virtual Worlds Affect Cultural Translation?

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This Tuesday, Jan 19th, we will be at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

How do Social Media and Virtual Worlds Affect Cultural Translation?

Cultural translation happens whenever we try to communicate across cultural differences. These differences might be triggered by language, ethnicity, geography, time or other conceptual variations that create communication hurdles. This week we’ll explore how social media and virtual worlds affect cultural translation, in both positive and negative ways.

What are the possible triggers for cultural translation hurdles? Where do they originate? Have new hurdles appeared with the rise of the always on, globally networked society, or are they just exposed in new ways? Do social media and virtual worlds assist in reducing or removing these differences, or do they exacerbate the problems?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,

Joel

Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

American University of Paris M.A. Program in Cultural Translation
http://www.mastersportal.eu/students/browse/programme/12680/cultural-translation.html

Translation and Culture (“a process of cultural de-coding, re-coding and en-coding”)
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/translation/articles/translation-and-culture.html

Geert Hofstede Analysis (multi-dimensional methodology for identifying inter-cultural differences)
http://www.cyborlink.com/besite/hofstede.htm

The Cultural Translation Project
http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/ctp/

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Joel Foner (Second Life: Joel Savard)

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