A website devoted to exploring accessibility at the intersection of technology and rhetoric. What began in 2008 as a space to explore accessible podcasting has turned into an ongoing reflection on the rhetoric of closed captioning. I welcome your feedback.
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    Exploring Pirates of the Caribbean 2 through closed captions

    Exploring Pirates of the Caribbean 2 through closed captions

    Movie captions should never reveal information prematurely. In this example, the captions give away a key plot detail before the narrative is ready to do so.
    Caption watch: Hulu.com

    Caption watch: Hulu.com

    Over the last ten days, the percentage of full episodes and movies with closed captions on Hulu has actually gone down. Overall, that percentage of cc content is embarrassingly low, hovering at around 4.5% for full episodes and 6.5% for movies — and appears to be on the way down.

    Fair use notice

    The videos on this site are transformative works used in good faith, in keeping with Section 107 of U.S. copyright law, and as such constitute fair use of copyrighted material. According to Section 107 of U.S. copyright law, “the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or...
    Exploring Twilight and music lyrics through closed captions

    Exploring Twilight and music lyrics through closed captions

    In this example, captioned music lyrics draw meaning out of hiding as the backchannel breaks through into the viewer's consciousness.
    If movie characters could read closed captions...

    If movie characters could read closed captions…

    Caption users sometimes know what’s happening before the characters themselves. In this way, captions tell the future.
    How captions tell the future

    How captions tell the future

    In this example, the caption user recognizes a heartbeat before the non-caption user that because the bad guy's captioned sentence is unfinished ("We can nego-"), he will be shot before he can finish saying "negotiate."
    Whispers and other sounds you were never meant to hear

    Whispers and other sounds you were never meant to hear

    An analysis of attempts by fans to make audible the whisper at the end of Lost in Translation.
    Captioning the cheese

    Captioning the cheese

    Every feature-length movie distributed over the Internet needs to be closed captioned. That goes without saying. But there's a special category of movie -- the low-budget cheesy feature -- that may be inaccessible to all viewers if the movie's production values are not sufficiently high.
    XXX Captioning

    XXX Captioning

    Closed captions, when done well, provide access to dialogue and other important sounds for those who need them. But captions have the potential to do much more. Captions can make visible those layers of meaning that may not be readily available on the uncaptioned surface of things.