Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: August 22, 2021

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I applaud the group that is trying to connect differently-abled folk with inclusive employers.

I also wonder whether the creators of the video realise how they are excluding some viewers by blindly following a trend.

The trend is for some news organisations (like Now This News, the South China Morning Post, and even the BBC News) that place text descriptors over video. These are not subtitles. They are summaries or statements of main points in the video.

See the difference in the slideshow below — subtitles are transcriptions of speech; the other text is information not necessarily represented in video footage.

The text overlays are distinct from subtitles. Subtitles are a good thing for the hearing-impaired. The text overlays deny the visually-impaired because there is no audio equivalent. The trend of using text descriptors over video is exclusionary. This is sadly ironic given how the video highlights one example of being inclusive. 

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