The Microeconomic Fallacy of Monetized Polyglots: HYPIA as a Countervailing Force

The Papers of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA)

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: January 7, 2021

Abstract

This paper examines frequent efforts by individual polyglots to monetize their linguistic capabilities through social media and YouTube. In drawing an analogy from microeconomic studies, the paper finds that the microeconomic logic of monetizing individual distinction in polyglots is flimsy, owing to the low barriers to entry, mass dissemination of videos, absence of monopoly power, languageā€™s public nature, and indistinguishability of individual brands. This paves the way for rejecting monetization and the fostering of polyglotism as a public good, fostered and cherished by collectives rather than individuals, as done by HYPIA.

Keywords: microeconomic, barriers to entry, youtube, language, polyglot

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., The Microeconomic Fallacy of Monetized Polyglots: HYPIA as a Countervailing Force (January 7, 2021). The Papers of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
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Australia

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA) ( email )

HYPIA
www.polyglotassociation.org
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )

Islamabad
Pakistan

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