Review of Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking

Jackie Scully has written an interesting and provocative review of Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking , ed. H-Dirksen L. Bauman (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) for Metapsychology Online.  Here is an excerpt:

“Every now and again, something happens that creates a flurry of media interest in deafness. These days it’s often to do with biomedical technology and the response to it of the “culturally Deaf” — people with audiological deafness who consider themselves members of a cultural grouping rather than disabled. So we have the rejection (by some Deaf people but not all) of cochlear implants, or the use (by some Deaf people, but not all) of reproductive technologies to “select for” deafness. The resulting discussions might be described as dialogues of the deaf, if the pun were not so obvious and so bad, and in fact so wrong (most deaf people can dialogue with each other perfectly well. It’s dialogue between Deaf and hearing that can get problematic).”… 

Read the full review here: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=4452

To Caption or Not to Caption

that is, no doubt, not THE question, but a question, one asked by Seek Geo in the captioned video appearing below the fold that shows its author signing a message that is also captioned. I would be curious to know if anyone with a screen-reader can read this (and those with them who cannot, which I suspect is most if not all, let us know)–and what they think about either the medium or the message (or both). And to know what deaf readers think about the same. And what sighted hearers also think. Continue reading