Is homogenization of language on the web an instantiation of totalitarianism? Boston Review on Herta Müller’s Language of Resistance:
Since language plays such an important part in the construction of the self, when the state subjects you to constant acts of linguistic aggression, whether you realize it or not, your sense of who you are and of your place in the world are seriously affected. Your language is not just something you use, but an essential part of what you are. For this reason any political disruption of the way language is normally used can in the long run cripple you mentally, socially, and existentially. When you are unable to think clearly you cannot act coherently. Such an outcome is precisely what a totalitarian system wants: a population perpetually caught in a state of civic paralysis.
What if the web is the state, in this context? What does it mean for self-identity, power, and a neutral web?