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30 November 2007 @ 03:26 am
Check out this Snopes article on a humourous error in the closed-captioning of a live news story.
Aside from being a funny story in its own right, take a moment to ponder the opening sentence of their explanation:

"Most viewers who frequently watch television with closed captioning (CC) enabled have likely noticed that the captioning doesn't always match the audio."

Think about that for a second.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that most viewers who frequently watch TV with closed captioning actually have a very hard time noticing when the captions don't match the audio.
Rebel Without a Moolonecow on November 29th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
We use CC most of the time, but we're not deaf. It's just a habit we've gotten into (we also leave subtitles on in DVDs) because it gets noisy around here frequently, and we like knowing what the script is (mostly for movies).
Jacobyak_boy on November 30th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
I'd be surprised if that's the usual use of CC though. But, I could be wrong.
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on November 30th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
I'd say it's more common than you think. Plus partially deaf people use it too.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on November 30th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
By default my parents will watch shows with CC and it is something that I've become used to as well. Often if I'm watching DVDs alone I'll turn them on too.
Jacobyak_boy on November 30th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
I am intrigued, but I'm still not convinced that it's the norm. The plural of anecdote is not evidence. :)
Some guy called Lap?harkon on November 30th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
Perhaps a trend towards a cult or cabal?

I'm sure the reason why we do it definitely not the norm, which is to keep up the English skills.
Jacobyak_boy on November 30th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh, it makes perfect sense, and is actually a pretty clever use of CC. There are probably a lot of people who do the same.

I think there have been enough exceptions to my original assumption to prove my assumption faulty. There are so many uses for CC I never even thought of.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on November 30th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Actually the 100% of the ads I've seen for CC over the AusText teletex network has been about a parent or someone not being able to hear the TV and turning on the captions. Of course this is probably becaues deaf people already know CC.
Jacobyak_boy on November 30th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's a pretty obvious necessity for the deaf.