From the Jordanian Blogosphere

“Jordanian Director, Amin Matalqa displays his martial art skills on the top of a building in downtown Amman, Jordan” by Laith Majali

A new year is here, so first off, happy holidays from the Jordanian blogosphere.

Interested in an opinion on where the Arab blogosphere is heading? Head over to Sabbah's Blog, where Haitham Sabbah shares some of his views and observations.

Zeid Nasser takes a look at the information technology scene in the past year saying, “The issue of cyber crime would have to top anyone's list in 2005… Here’s a safe prediction for you: This mess will continue into 2006.” Isam Bayazidi reports about the state of Arabic Wikipedia, “The Arabic Wikipedia had reached few days ago, which is a pretty significant event as Arabic wikipedia now joins another 35 wikipedias in different languages that are over 10,000 article in size.” Meanwhile, Zeid Nasser wonders about Wikipedia- “So is Wikipedia a source of reference, or just a great big game?”

Times are also changing fast, so how does a country like Jordan react to change with all its impacts, whether it is inflicted by terrorism or simply the evolution of trends? Rami AbdelRahman studies post bombing Amman after several months away, “Mr. Zarqawi, whoever you are, you got what you wanted, our freedom is already evaporating, ridiculous paranoia is definately Amman's new mentality!”

On a linguistic side, Ameen Malhas of Banzeen wonders about the new language phenomenon taking the Arab world by storm- Arabizi, a form of speech that mixes Arabic with English; “Should we romanticize and say that Arabic must be saved (I lean towards this option with a need for modernizing the language), or should we be completely pragmatic and move towards this new ‘Arabizi'?” Wael Attili meanwhile looks at the architectural side of Amman, studying the new glass and aluminum buildings of Amman, a city known for its white stone houses.

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