Prejudices and Preconceptions

You don’t have to admit you have them but don’t deny them either.

This is the first in a series of posts about nationality, race, sexual orientation and gender. The following articles in the series will be posted every few days.

Today we’ll be discussing nationality.

Most have had the experience of the commenter who has difficulty with English. You know, I’m talking about the ones where you have to read the comment three times to decide if it’s OK to publish it.

Are you more or less likely to visit that commenter’s blog than a commenter with good English?

We are all familiar with the notable blogs coming out of Canada, Australia, Ireland and the U.K. but what about the blog you started reading regularly before you realized it originated in Singapore, Malaysia or Turkey?

What was your first thought when you found out?

How did it change your perception of the blog? What about the author?

Did you, perhaps, think something along the lines of, “Wow, they really write well for a ________ !” “How did they develop such strong English skills?” “I wonder if they are an ex-patriot American.”

As usual this blog has lots of questions and no answers. These questions are tough and require careful introspection and I don’t expect anyone to answer them here but you should answer them, if only in your heart.


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4 comments:

Rhys said...

I wouldn't say I have a particularly prejudice about race, though at times a few of my readers do have trouble with my slack grasp of the English language.

I would say though that 90% of the blogs I read usually come from the UK , Australia or North America. I do notice there's a big difference in terms of writing between these three areas and other areas (Indian blogs for example). Then again, I think that UK blogs generally have a humour about them, be it dry Python esque, or self depreciating.

shaun said...

I really enjoy reading blogs who's first launguage isn't English but they can still speak and write failry well. I find those blogs interesting. Great post looking foward to the rest of this series.

Ad Tracker said...

@ Rhys - It is interesting to notice the societal diferences in expressions people put into their blogs.

I do love that dry British humor ;)


@ Shaun - Thanks! I sometimes enjoy reading those blogs too.

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