March 23rd, 2009

woxin goujian tgdy

On visual impairment

Not a visual person, me. Print is good. Print is my friend. Even in manga I concentrate on the bubbles and often fail to look at the pictures more than cursorily. This is fatal with someone like Ima Ichiko, where the text content is useless until later and the clues are in the graphics, but I can't break the habit. And possibly one reason I don't watch things in English-- aside from the fact that any foreign language per se has a guaranteed fascination and satisfaction of its own-- is that subtitles give me a textual anchor in the film or program, something to *read.*

But it goes beyond that. I approach all films with a dull pervasive anxiety, expecting either horrors (if English) or embarrassment (if anything else) or both.
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