A query to Facebook "Friends" (friends -- talk about an overused word-- if there ever was one -- by the essentially anonymous "social" media; true friendship of course goes far beyond exchanging messages on USA-controlled (?) cyberspace.
FYI, The main reason am on FB is to get news/comments -- in the Russian language, a language I've been trying to learn for some 50 years -- from perceptive Russian citizens (and yes, the Russian government as well) on their country and the world.
But in recent weeks on FB am no longer receiving the original Russian text from Russian "friends"/sources -- rather, in incredibly vulgar/idiotic machine (what else can it be labeled) "English" translations (without my ever asking for them) -- although I can click on to the original Russian text.
To FB, non-native Russian speakers admirers of the language of Pushkin having to endure "machine strangulation" -- Have you experienced the same kind of linguistic vulgarity (some hysterics would say "imperialism)?
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."