simpsons for the blind

The Simpsons as Described by WGBH

DVS is a godsend for blind viewers – how else could you follow the weekly couch gag? But as with any subtitled movie, there’s a lot of editorializing that goes on. In this episode, Homer pretends to smoke a joint at one point and the DVS description of his action only says ‘Homer pretends to smoke.’ In another scene, Marge and Homer start to go at it under the sheets, and the DVS description dares not to describe their sexual cartoon antics. Unfortunately, other technology out there which addresses the problem that blind people face with television strikes me as unworkable – charting the visual action through sounds. Article on that here. How would you translate the couch gag into a series of squeals and whistles?

via wfmu


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