Captions — Hit or Miss?

We’ve all seen those captioning bloopers that do the rounds on social media every now and then; and to be fair there are some really funny ones. And, as us deafies are not without a sense of humour, often we’ll see the funny side. But, joking apart, how does it make you feel when the captions are so badly wrong?

Here in the UK, I think we do pretty well for the availability of ‘subtitled television’. (In the UK, the term ‘subtitle’ is more commonly used than the term ‘caption’, despite there being a difference between the definitions.) The BBC is clearly committed to making shows accessible and the other main UK channels tend to also be quite good.

But where all channels come unstuck is with subtitling the news.

The worst I’ve found is Channel 4 news (which is unfortunate for me because it is my preferred news programme). The subtitles are so far behind and so often inaccurate that I do better by just lipreading and listening than by trying to make sense of the subtitles that are so far out of sync. Continue reading “Captions — Hit or Miss?”

Why I Set Up Deaf Blog The Limping Chicken

I set up The Limping Chicken, a deaf news website and blog, in February 2012. My life hasn’t been the same since!

From that day onwards, we have published at least one article every weekday, featuring over 120 deaf writers, and gaining over 2 million views.

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In December, we broke the worldwide story about the fake interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service, which by far was our biggest story to date – the site crashed for a while (but luckily we managed to fix it!).

We have a number of supporters, which enables the site to exist, and we are honoured to count Phonak among them.

Although it keeps me very busy, writing, editing, moderating comments and finding new contributors, it’s the best job I’ve ever had!

So why did I set it up?

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