In an interview with NPR, a former president of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, who also works as a digital marketer for a pharmaceutical company, shared his thoughts on whether or not it’s time to change the rules on who can be included in the popular language of the internet.
“I think that in many countries where the majority of the population speak English, we need to be thinking about what the country needs, and we need a pluralist language,” the former president said.
“I don’t know that it is a new thing, but it is something that needs to be addressed in the world.”
The former president went on to describe a culture in which “we want to make sure that we have a pluralistic, universal language,” which includes all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.
He continued:”The internet is not only about commerce, but also entertainment, art, and sports, all of which have been around for a very long time.
So I think we need pluralism and I don’t think it’s a new idea.”
The interview was conducted in December, and a version of this story was first published in April.