Friday, December 26, 2014

I'm Hearing. Why Should I Sign the Caption Smosh Petition?

You are a teenager and you can hear and you are wondering why you should sign a petition asking for closed captions on Smosh, a show you might not even like yourself? The reasons why you should sign are many! Here are seventeen reasons.

  1. You might have a friend who is deaf or hard of hearing. Especially if you are a teenager! Smosh is very popular with hearing kids aged 13 to 17. 
  2. Even if you don't have any friends who are deaf or hard of hearing, there are probably deaf or hard of hearing kids in your school or college.
  3. Make it possible for deaf and hard of hearing teens to chat about Smosh on social media. There's a lot of talk about Smosh on facebook, twitter, instagram, and tumblr!
  4. You don't like Smosh but you are a fan of Pewdiepie or another top YouTube channel? Smosh is just one of many top YouTubers that are not captioning! We had to start somewhere.
  5. Maybe you have a friend who is learning English as a second language. Captions can help him or her.
  6. Captions help you too even though you can hear! If you are in bed and feel like watching a video, you can watch it without sound and not worry about waking anyone up.
  7. Don't feel like paying attention in class? Captions let you watch videos secretly. (We don't advise this)
  8. Falling asleep or it doesn't interest you in Mass or during a sermon? Captions let you watch videos letting you get through it. (We don't advise this)
  9. Eating in a noisy cafeteria? Captions let you enjoy video while you are eating.
  10. Got a little brother or sister? Captions will help your little brother or sister learn to read!
  11. Have trouble understanding a speaker on video (accent, background noise)? Captions can help you understand.
  12. In a library where you have to be quiet? Captioning lets you watch a video quietly.
  13. Trying not to wake the house watching a video? Captioning lets you watch the video quietly, unless you start laughing too much.
  14. Surprise, surprise. Most people who use captioning are NOT deaf or hard of hearing! Eighty percent are hearing, according to a British study.
  15. If you don't want your parents to know that you are watching Smosh, captions let you hide it. (Mom and/or dad might not approve of the humor or language in Smosh).
  16. As people get older, it is common to lose hearing. Captioning helps people who are getting older be able to watch. (Captions may help your grandma or grandpa.)
  17. Closed captioning is not that hard to do, nor is it that expensive. It is the right thing to do!

Sign the Caption Smosh petition!

1 comment:

  1. Hearing people have asked us Deafies to sign endless petitions, too. Let's make this a win-win situation!