October 8th, 2007

The beauty of language (and women)

We use the word “Photoshop” virtually unchanged in our language, as in “whoa, they photoshopped her for sure”. The word “photo” is spelled as “foto” though, but the pronounciation is virtually the same as in English. Now, “to fib” here is worded as “jokken” (pronounce as “yock’n”). You got it, a new word is emerging here, “fotojokken” (to photo-fib). It has a tight fit/rhyme with “photoshoppen” (the Dutchyfied verb form of “to photoshop”) and my God does EVERYBODY knows what it means inuitively.

A movement is urging especially women’s magazines to either declare themselves “un-photoshopped” or state which pictures are “shopped”. Among quite a few local magazines,  including Opzij, a feminist magazine, even Playboy promised they would put a logo “Photoshop-free” or “Photoshopped” on the cover of their September issue. I surely hope this will stick a bit.

I love what Dove’s doing through the dove self-esteem fund too. Previously with the well know clip going from photosession to billboard, this campaign’s slogan is: “Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does“.

October 8th, 2007

The fools

I truly defend the right for everybody to have their believe system or to speak freely (even if I wholeheartedly disagree), but remodeling a respected man’s work to one’s own and then presenting it as his, is beyond free speach. Fair use excerpt:

Censored versions of Sir David’s award winning programmes have been broadcast in Holland without any references to evolution, speciation, descent and timescales of millions of years, after being censored by Christian creationists who are opposed to Charles Darwin’s ideas.

“Instead of saying “70 million years ago, something happens,” they say “a very long time ago something happens”. They also omit paragraphs such as: “This is inherited from my warm-blooded ancestors,”" Sir David told the Telegraph. “I would much rather they kept to the letter, as far as that is possible, of what I said.”

The edits by the public broadcasting organisation Evangelische Omroep (EO, Evangelical Broadcasting) have triggered howls protests about “deviations and sins of omission” from Dutch scientists, led by Dr Gerdien de Jong, an evolutionary biologist at Utrecht University.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is my country too. Here’s a link of Sir David Attenborough letter to the protestors.