A Translator For FocusSpeak

Jim Burroway

July 21st, 2009

Google has a nifty tool called the Google Translator. It allows you to read web sites written in other languages — albeit with some difficulty since no translator is able to render the intricacies of one language into another with consistent accuracy. But it does represent some great strides in the very difficult task of automated language translation.

Maybe we can leverage some of that technology to create a translator to render FocusOnTheFamilySpeak and other similar dialects into real, everyday English. If we were able to come up with a translator, we’d want to be able to test it against some actual phrases and sentences. These, I think, would make excellent test cases:

Christians don’t have a thorough knowledge of the Fairness Doctrine, hate-crimes legislation or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), according to recent research by Wilson Research Strategies.

CEO Chris Wilson said the data examined suggest that Christians don’t fully understand the negative impact of these policy proposals on the ministries they support.

…”There is a clear need for a widespread and coordinated education campaign to ensure that Christians have the information they need to make an informed decision on all of these issues when action on them in Washington becomes imminent,” Wilson said.

Whip it through our nifty translator, and the results should come out like this:

Christians aren’t buying the Religious Right’s false claims about the Fairness Doctrine, hate-crimes legislation or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), according to recent research by Wilson Research Strategies.

CEO Chris Wilson said the data examined suggest that Christians haven’t been misled into thinking there would be negative impact of these policy proposals on the ministries they support.

… “There is a clear need for a widespread and coordinated propaganda campaign to ensure that Christians are fully indoctrinated to uncritically parrot our talking points on all of these issues when action on them in Washington becomes imminent,” Wilson said.

David C.

July 21st, 2009

I think that if the translator did that good a job, it should by all means be made available through a public electronic forum.

Oh, wait, that’s the job of websites like this one and other sites for centrist and left-leaning electronic activism.

Too bad we can’t get a little wider reach. You know, like about a 1000 radio and TV stations using this translator on the rhetoric coming from the right, the Republicans, and the religious zealots of every persuasion.

And by the way, don’t forget Faux News. Subtitles with the text spoken by their talking heads translated so everybody could hear what is really being said.

Perfect.

Timothy (TRiG)

July 22nd, 2009

“If translation were possible, it wouldn’t be necessary.”

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