Closed Captioning and Visual Interruptions

Analyse the use of closed captions/subtitles and how they affect the viewing of a movie. Do the little words at the bottom detract from the visual performance or enchance it? Obviously it is a necessity for the hearing impaired but does it affect the viewing in a negative or positive way, if at all?

  • Is that not along the same lines as asking if braille ruins the experience of reading for blind people, or if wheelchairs ruin the experience of walking in the park? While it's nice that you've addressed the necessity of closed captions for hearing impaired audiences, I really don't think it's a good idea to be problematizing measures for greater accessibility in response to how they may "negatively" impact media consumption for non-disabled people. Sorry, but I just can't get on board with this topic. – ProtoCanon 5 years ago
  • What about movies in different languages, does that ruin the movie? I think not and it is more of a personal bias to how people see things. Everyone will have an opinion one way or the other – Fluxz 5 years ago
  • Yes, please do not problematize things that exist for greater accessibility. However, I still think this topic is worthwhile with revision. You could talk about how closed captioning enhances the movie experience, or whether CC challenges the typical viewer to think in a different way. Example: I sometimes mute my TV and turn on CC to see what it's like/if I can keep up. I've also turned on the spoken language tracks of languages other than English for DVDs, in order to improve my ability to follow/understand other languages. – Stephanie M. 5 years ago
  • Foreign language films make subtitles a requirement. For me personally, I use subtitles more often when I watch movies in a crowded or sound intensive area so I can fully hear and see what is being said. One aspect that I have noticed about the captions is that more often than not, they do not account for timing. So when the big twist occurs or the dramatic Segal one liner occurs, the caption has already been on screen for a second or two. – Marshall Jenkins 5 years ago

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