“Subtitles are textual versions of the dialog or commentary in films, television programs, video games, and the like, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen.”
Subtitles: Use them when loud-mouths won’t zip their goddamn lips.
Because sometimes I can’t fucking hear the movie or show I’m watching. This usually happens when we watch something with kids. Or grownups who can’t STFU when the program is in play. Or every time we go to my parents’ house. People don’t know how to stop talking during TV time.
“Although same-language subtitles and captions are produced primarily with the deaf and hard-of-hearing in mind, many hearing film and television viewers choose to use them. This is often done because the presence of closed captioning and subtitles ensures that not one word of dialogue will be missed.” [emphasis mine]
Subtitles: Use them when fuckers won’t speak clearly.
Because sometimes directors and editors do a seriously shitty job of ensuring that the audience can fucking hear what’s being said. Especially when they have non-English accents, or extreme American accents like from Boston or the deep south or basically anywhere that isn’t fucking Ohio. It’s a *ME* problem, definitely, no doubt about it. Regardless, sometimes I can’t understand a word that’s being said.
“In addition, captions may reveal information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain from hearing. Some examples would be song lyrics, dialog spoken quietly or by those with accents unfamiliar to the intended audience, or supportive, minor dialog from background characters. It is argued that such additional information and detail enhances the overall experience and allows the viewer a better grasp of the material.” [emphasis mine]
Subtitles: Use them when special effects are exploding.
Because sometimes directors and editors do a seriously shitty job of ensuring that the car crashes don’t drown out dialogue. Or that traffic in the background doesn’t scramble what one character is whispering to another. Or that a building being razed doesn’t overshadow conversations that we really need to hear if we’re expected to follow the fucking story line.
“People will now go to films with subtitles, you know. They’re not afraid of them. It’s one of the upsides of text-messaging and e-mail. Maybe the only good thing to come of it.” ~ Kristin Scott Thomas
I agree, Kristin.
Increased acceptance of subtitles just may well be the only good thing to come from this era. That kind of makes me want to cry as I drown inside a bottle of Boone’s Farm.
Subtitles: Use them when it’s not English.
I have heard of a strange set of people who won’t watch foreign films because they refuse to watch films with sub-titles. That is the most lame-ass bullshit I’ve ever tripped over and if this describes you then I refuse to be friends with the likes of you on the grounds that you are an ignorant fuck. That’s like saying, “Hi! I’m going to take these scissors and cut off my nose to spite my face!” If you want to punish yourself and miss out on some great cinematic moments, go ahead, but don’t come to my house. We like Planet Earth and all its varied cultures here in casa de Andi-Roo.
Subtitles: Use them for your kids.
When we watch family-friendly films, we ALWAYS use sub-titles. Since my daughter reads so well, it’s no longer necessary, but we did this early on when she first started picking out letter and sounds and it’s become a staple for program viewing. Turning on sub-titles is an effortless way to bring reading into your home if you’re one of those jackass so-called “parents” who doesn’t read to your kid at night.
“Internationally, there are several major studies which demonstrate that same-language captioning can have a major impact on literacy and reading growth across a broad range of reading abilities.”
Subtitles: Use them, like, all the fucking times.
“I like subtitles. Sometimes I wish all movies had subtitles.”
~ Gena Rowlands
You know what, Gena? Me, too. Except for us it’s not just “some” of the times. It’s *ALL* the times.
How about you guys?
Any other lunatics out there hooked on captions like crack? Did I miss any reasons why subtitles are the best inventions since the TV first debuted?