Sunday, February 03, 2008

Closed Captioned

So, most of us have probably turned on the captioning service option on the tv at least once, right? For those who are deaf, this is a wonderful service, and for those of us who are not deaf, it is still quite interesting, although possibly distracting. Here's something I'd never heard of until recently - captions at the movie theatre. Wife and I went to a movie just a bit before Christmas and saw Martian Child. (Really good!) I'd checked the times before we left, and when we got to the theatre and asked for two tickets, the cashier asked if we wanted the showing that was 4 hours away. No, we told her we wanted the one starting in 10 minutes. She informed us that one was captioned. OK, fine. It was quite interesting, having words at the bottom of the screen throughout the movie, and Wife found herself quite distracting reading the words sometimes, but overall, it was fine. What a great idea - and a way to allow anyone who is hearing impaired to really enjoy the shows. It is also useful for those of us who don't always understand what was just said because we were crunching our popcorn too loudly, or were whispering, or were otherwise distracted. Hmmm...maybe we do need to keep captioning turned "on" at home!

6 comments:

PT-LawMom said...

I actually keep it turned on Pumpkinhead's TV all the time in a (perhaps misguided) attempt to make the television a bit more educational. My thought is that as many chances as he has to associate what he hears with the words he sees, the better! Who knows if it will work, but he's 4 1/2 and has started to read us books most days. I have no idea if that's advanced or just right for his age, but I'm thrilled at his recognition.

Patti said...

Captioning bugs the CRAP out of me LOL and I don't hear none too well!

Anonymous said...

PT-Lawmom - 4 1/2 seems advanced to me. Maybe it is working! Perhaps I should turn ours back on!

Patti - ...and THAT would be Wife's response if I decided to take the above action :)

-Dakota

Casey said...

Hey now - only because I would be too distracted by the words to actually watch the show!

I can multi-task with the best of them but that one is too tricky for me. :)

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Mimi said...

I can't watch mtv pop up videos because I read the pop ups and don't listen to the song......lol thank go I'm not the only one....