Monday, March 21, 2005

Close-captioning cockup of the day: Cross-border edition

Courtesy CTV NewsNet earlier this evening:

"PAUL MARTIN HOPES TO DO SOME MASSIVE FINE-TUNING WITH BREATHYLYZER BUSH THIS WEEK..."

ronnie

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ronnie!

Your close-caption blooper reports remind me of something I've always wondered about and you are in a unique position to address: how does closed-captioning work for comedy?

At first blush, it would seem that things like split-second timing, tone of voice, etc. are what make a good comedy routine or sitcom scene, and that this would be lost in a CC'd verson. On the other hand we've all had the experience of getting great laughs from something as simple as a comic strip, where such things are even less in evidence.

My experience with CC is limited mostly to watching captioned CNN or ESPN at the gym; in those cases I find I'd rather just read the newspaper.

What's your finding? Do some shows or types of comedy come across better than others?

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, forgot to sign that comment -- it's me, JGM

11:35 AM  

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