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Old 23rd December 2009, 03:52 AM
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Re: Russia accused of creating "Cyrillic ghetto"

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Originally Posted by blastfromthepast View Post
Russia accused of creating "Cyrillic ghetto"

The American edition of The New York Times in an article accuses Russia of trying to create a "Cyrillic ghetto" - thus the newspaper responded to the idea of Russian authorities to create a Cyrillic internet zone. RF. From the perspective of the author's article, innovation is necessary only for the special services who want to limit access of foreigners.

http://www.rb.ru//news/society/2009/12/22/160001.html
I thought the NY Times article was pretty good, all things considered. Remember that it was written by a generalist, and intended for general readers. The readers of this forum won't find anything new, of course. We already know about .рф, and we already know (from reading the Russian domain forums) that some Russians (the ones who own ascii .ru domains) feel that using the Cyrillic alphabet will cut them off from the world.

The reporter even managed to cover the recent generic-domain trademark scandal. He missed the .com / .ком issue, but so has almost every other journalist.

Contrast this to the "journalism" in rb.ru. The whole article is misleading, starting with the headline. It even puts in quotes ("Cyrillic ghetto") a term that actually never appeared in the NYT article, which makes me wonder what rb.ru thinks quotation marks mean.

My favorite quote, though, is from one of the Russians who commented on the NY Times' Russian-language blog (translation from Russian by the NY Times):

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“Cyrillicization equals isolation. Who is more interested in that? Russia or the rest of the world?” Demographer
If I understand correctly, the author is implying that the .рф domain may be a foreign scheme to keep Russia isolated. If you want ignorance or xenophobia, read the US comments. But if you want deep-rooted paranoia, this comment is hard to beat.

Avtal

Last edited by Avtal; 23rd December 2009 at 04:21 AM.. Reason: removed some random blathering (kept the rest)
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