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Billion Word Bonanza

K. David Harrison | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
K. David Harrison

Movie subtitles can annoy--as visual clutter--when you don't need them, but they are a godsend for the deaf and anyone watching a foreign language film. Now a devoted group of 200,000 volunteer video subbers on have elevated the humble subtitle to an art form.

Reading for a Billion: A Simple Way to Increase Literacy in India

Brij Kothari | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Brij Kothari

To commemorate International Literacy Day, rather than reiterate the importance of literacy or bemoan how badly many developing countries have fared, I'd like to share a frugal solution for mass literacy that I have been advocating for in national policy in India.

In Defense Of Closed Captioning, Which Is Entirely Underrated

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment

Since their inception in 1970, closed captions haven't attracted a strong fan base. Able-bodied caption fans are constantly forced to justify why some...

Some College Application Magic

Sam Johnson | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Sam Johnson

This Chinese applicant (video below) took the "just go for it" approach in her video application essay and the results are... Um... My first inclination was that this was what the internet generation likes to call a "major fail."

Federal Judge Slams Netflix's Motion to Dismiss Closed Captioning Case

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 09.07.2012 | Entertainment
Courtney O'Donnell

The vast majority of programming viewed over the internet is not closed captioned at this time and the Netflix case ruling is a major step towards reversing these conditions as this is the first court to hold that the ADA also applies to website-only businesses.

WATCH: When Bad Subtitles Get It Right

Posted 07.09.2012 | Comedy

MSNBC recently made the mistake of putting up the wrong graphic while a clip of French President Nicolas Sarkozy was on the screen. The result? The ne...

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

Are the Best Movies for Grown-Ups Being Made Outside the U.S.?

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

2011-04-25-farr.jpgWhen it comes to what I call "human-scale" films, the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

Lost In Translation: When Subtitles Go Wrong (PICTURES)

Huffington Post | Dan Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Subtitles can guide you through a foreign film. They can also go horribly awry. The latter often happens when an English film is dubbed in another lan...

TED Announces the Open Translation Project -- Bringing Subtitles in 40+ Languages to

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The TED Open Translation Project brings TEDTalks beyond the English-speaking world, by offering subtitles, time-coded transcripts, and the ability for volunteers to translate any talk into any language.

The Man With His Own Subtitles (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

This inventive video explores the life of a man with his own subtitles that he can't get rid of, only alter the size by whispering or shouting. He can...