Video journalism on news sites? No thanks.
Many news sites (Yahoo, BBC) and entire entertainment sites (YouTube) appear to be founded upon the idea that video is the future.
Apparently we all want to sit, slack mouthed and drooling, watching people doing whatever it is they want to do on video.
Sure, some people react very well to video, and some on the autistic spectrum can understand things on video that they cannot understand when the same idea is spoken by a human in the same room. But what about those of us who are mentally blind to picture stimuli on a screen?
I can't watch a video and type at the same time. I can just about listen to a vocal or audio presentation and take notes. At University, I was either looking at my lecturer demonstrating whatever it was, or I was noting down that said item had been demonstrated. I couldn't look and take notes at the same time. It's slightly easier taking notes when typing, because looking at a screen I can also look at the words as I'm typing them.
Death by PowerPoint is a thing. Because some people just CAN'T cope with visual stimulation from a presentation or a video AND take notes on it at the same time. Hence they adopt the slack jawed, dribbling stereotypical pose, their eyes glaze over and they fall asleep.
I can only listen to instrumental music or classical radio channels when I'm writing articles, because speech or vocals puts me off. When I was younger I would fall asleep with the rolling news channel on in the background because I could hear what was being said and did not need to look. Just like a radio station.
So where does that leave my friends who are hearing impaired? Hearing aid wearers may not be able to hear speech on a video clearly. If it is not subtitled, they will need a transcript. My single-sided-deaf friend has great problems in a noisy environment, because all the noise around causes her to lose concentration on the person she's talking to. My double-hearing-aid wearing friend takes them out in noisy places, because she reckons she has a better chance of lip reading than hearing me.
Personally, I prefer to listen than watch. I'd also rather read than listen to someone pontificating on something on a video. So if you expect me to take notes, give me an audio feed or a written article. Do NOT expect me to watch a video, because it just won't happen.
Originally posted 'elsewhere' at 22:41 BST on Tuesday 8 September 2015. Sank without trace so posting it here in the hope of getting some kind of response!
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