Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The company is now down to its last 200 machines - the majority of which are Arabic language models.
We invite your speculation as to why this is so.
Pervasive and deep-rooted illiteracy (the printing press was banned for centuries in what are now the Arab countries), with a reactionary culture that emphasizes religious truths; and in which innovation is, literally, heretical. *shrugs*
Though I would have thought that the centralized, bureaucratic authoritarian governments that run most of those countries would have had a large enough appetite for typewriters to eat up a few hundred more.
Written Arabic is a lingua franca in the ME. Spoken Arabic, not so much (urban Arabs insist they have mutual intelligibility across the Arabic area, but this is only barely true. Once you start including the village, the claim becomes ludicrous). I can't make the next connection why typewriters would still be required in the age of keyboards, but suspect my factoid is a key factor in the answer.
Well, what has replaced typewriters? We're all using them to post here - computers. Obviously the Arab world is far behind the rest of the world when it comes to joining the 21st century, or even the 20th.
Despite their claims of oppression, the fact is that the Arab world has taken trillions of dollars from the West for a mineral they couldn't even get out of the ground without our technology. And they have nothing to show for it but a bunch of backward, repressive feudal regimes.