Archives du 5 August 2008

2008/08/05 15:56

l’OQLF selon AngryFrenchGuy

Délicieux comme toujours, AFG s’ammuse avec le concept de la “Language Police“:

The OQLF agents are no more a police force than food inspectors or workplace safety agents, but Language Police is a powerful image and through endless repetition [...] the idea that Québec has an actual Language Police has taken on a life all it’s own and otherwise informed visitors fully expect to see them patrolling the streets of Montreal in uniform.

The myth of the Language Police has hurt Québec and Montreal’s image, but it’s to late to do anything about it. The image is there and the name stuck.

In such situations the only thing left to do is embrace image. Québec could make the agents of the Office Québécois de la Langue Française actual constables of an actual Language Police, give them uniforms, badges, governement issue tape-measures and taser guns.

This change of terminology, however, will cause changes accross Canada as other pencil-pushing civil servants will also want to be called police officers. You see, cops earn more money and have way more luck with the ladies than white collar bureaucrats.

Employees of the CRTC, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, will be become the Thought Police, to reflect their power to decide who has the right to broadcast, what they can broadcast, and how much they can charge for it. The bureaucrats in charge of monitoring the 35% of Canadian music radio stations are required to broadcast by law will be known as the Rock n’ Roll Police and those found guilty of not playing enough Bryan Adams will be sent to a jail in Newfoundland known as the Jailhouse Rock.

Workers at Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal who investigate complaints of discrimination against visible minorities and women in the workplace will be renamed the Race and Sex Police.

City zoning officials in Saskatoon, whose job includes inforcement of a city bylaw that legally requires residents of the Hughes Drive developement to use a minimum of four colors on the facade of their houses and that “the selected colors should match the range of Benjamin Moore “Historical Colors”, will be known as the Royal Canadian Color Police.

Tant qu’à ce que le mythe persiste profitons-en:

As [for] Québec, the world already asumes we have a language police so there will be nothing lost in getting one. In fact, it would be a unique opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.

An actual Québec Language Police could play the role Mounties play in the rest of Canada. Language cops in crisp blue uniforms and funny hats could be posted arround Montreal and Québec, tourists would line up to be photographed with them and a paraphenelia deal could be struck with Disney Corporation.


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2008/08/05 08:19

Bush dans le rôle de… Batman?

Le dernier Batman a fait couler beaucoup d’encre dans les milieux idéo-politiques américains.

Du très sérieux Wall Street Journal qui s’en sert pour monter une défense de Bush et son administration post-11 septembre…

Jusqu’à deux de mes têtes-à-blogue (bloggingheads) préférées qui s’en servent pour livrer une analyse comparative sérieuse… sans trop se prendre au sérieux.

Heath Ledger as The Joker

Pour ma part, l’ex-aspirant comédien en moi vous recommande le film pour aucune autre raison que Heath Ledger qui livre une performance époustouflante dans le rôle du Joker. La force du film, pour moi, tient surtout dans ses scènes de dialogues. J’avoue qu’en comparaison, j’ai frôlé la somnolence pendant les hauts voltiges de cascades, d’explosions et de poursuites interminables (mais obligatoires dans ce genre de film). Dommage que c’était son chant du cygne. Nous avons perdu un acteur de très haut calibre.

Pour ce qui est de comparer Bush à Batman…

Je trouve beaucoup plus pertinent cet exercice, par la troupe de comiques Secret Pants, qui compare des citations de Bush à d’autres du Batman de la série télé des années soixante:


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