posted on Aug, 9 2010 @ 03:36 PM
One of the great things about the early years of the internet was the ease at which people could get information to others. This was a great boon to
us that are deaf or hearing impaired. No longer were we forced to rely on newspapers for our main source of news, as now we could browse the web at
leisure, and spend time digesting what was out there. Videos on the web were few and far between, with most websites being text and image based. This
worked well for all but the blind.
With the advent of youtube, and the spread of high speed internet across the world, it is becoming more apparent that those of us who are deaf or hard
of hearing are being shoved out of what was once an ideal world. On news websites, the trend is for news stories to contain a video link, with nothing
but an extended blurb beneath it, where as just a couple of years ago there would have been a great deal of text, most times with still images.
This isn't just localized to news websites either. Blogs, websites that focus on one subject, even ATS has started to do this more often. Here
recently, I can open a thread, only to find video after video after video concerning what may or may not be an important subject, often with little or
no text to explain what it is I am seeing.
This is a shame, for while I am a skeptic, I find conspiracy theories, whether they be as far fetched as the earth being surrounded by glass, or as
plausible as Roosevelt knowing about Pearl Harbor before it happened. I feel the best way to find the truth is to gather news from as many sources as
you can, compare what each source is providing, filter out the drek, and move on from there. This is becoming harder to do as more and more people
rely exclusively on video to make their point.
So I request of you, when you post a video, at the least post a few sentences in summery about what the video is about, or a link to a transcript, or
something. Give those of us that are deaf a chance to participate too.