Thursday, August 25th

These dog-days of summer drain me of any energy.  The cooling evening breezes have departed for parts unknown, leaving only a warm stillness in their wake.  As the day winds down and night creeps in, we finish a light dinner then turn on the telly.  This is when I find myself taking unplanned “naps” that last until the late, late evening…..when Craig gently shakes me awake and asks if I’m ready to go to bed.

After being roused from these restful interludes, I’m fully awake and, thus, have become a connoisseur of late night British television.  Flipping though the channels, I find lots and lots of home shopping networks, a few “casino” gambling channels, news programs, movies and reruns of television series (both British and American).  But what I find the most interesting is that a number of these programs have been altered for blind or deaf viewers.

For the deaf, the bottom right quadrant has been preempted by a person translating the show into BSL (British Sign Language); the blind are given a monotone voice-over explaining the action that takes place between conversations (“Holmes walks across the floor, picks up a book from a desk and begins to thumb through it”).  Some shows contain both BSL and voice-overs.  Why not?  They don’t infringe on each other.

While I find these efforts laudable, I question the hours of these shows.  Are the blind and deaf usually “night people” so these stations are just being mindful of their public’s needs?  Or are these stations creating a custom, late night audience of sleep-deprived people?

“Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day” ~ Friedrich Nietzche


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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2 Responses to Thursday, August 25th

  1. Mani Subramaniam says:

    Canadian Television has recently added this. I don’t see the sign language yet, but there is both voice overs and closed captions. What they have done is, all networks have contributed to this station and it seems to be directed towards the aging population. You see all old shows, Ironside, Lucy, Ed Sullivan to name a few. The ads are all about hearing aids, walking aids, stair lifts, etc.
    Well, we baby boomers are all getting there (I am 65) with full knowledge of what is available to make our lives easier.

  2. Methinks targeting us baby-boomers makes more sense than making people stay up so late 😉

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