The World Shrinks, The Mind Boggles

Abby Zimet

Luddite Redux Dept: A mere 125 years and a day after the invention of the telephone, Facebook has launched an Arabic and Hebrew version, aligned right to left as it must be and boasting – no idea how they do it – a mechanism to render accurate gender-sensitive verbs. Now Arabic, spoken by 250 million people, and Hebrew, by 7 million, will be available from a drop-down menu. Currently, Facebook exists in 40
languages; 60 more are in development. The possibilities – for politics, romance, business, jokes, perhaps even peace – are endless, and unimaginable to some of us, though we're working on it.

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