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Vee See makes BBCi News Technology: Paternalism 2.0?

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VeeSee is currently the top story at BBCi Technology News page.

Where's the impartial reporting by the BBC, and go beyond the reporting its done to question the set up? This is one sided reporting. The issue with DEAF stuff, is that media outlets can infrequently see past the charity case that and their interpretation of people with broken ears might be, which leads to somewhat odd media reporting.

It is Deaf Awareness week in the UK, thus people come out in droves to show how they are helping us.

Don't get me wrong, I want signed content on the web, and do not want to knock effort down. However, this is locked in centralised content, which the rest of the web is moving away from. UK Deafies existing in their own bubble?

I get the drive for a tv channel online, and something flagged for years by various people. I would also question if this is actually tv, but instead locked in vlog style videos that could easily be hosted on respective sites.

We really do not need paternalism 2.0 in the UK? Why are Deaf people of the mindset over here that they cannot host their own sites, blogs and vlogs, and need someone to hold their hand? States the case for the influence of charity quite well.

See also:
VeeSee
Interpreters and the whole set up scaring me

IPTV for deaf people takes off
By Geoff Adams-Spink
Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website

A new web-based television service, or IPTV, for British Sign Language (BSL) users has recently launched in the UK.

VeeSee TV airs news and other programmes in BSL and is available 24 hours a day.

The channel can be viewed on a computer or via a set-top box and is the brainchild of BSL interpreter Susie Grant.

She said she launched VeeSee TV in frustration at mainstream TV's inability to cater for deaf viewers.

VeeSee is the first dedicated channel for BSL users which also includes an interactive forum and user-generated content.

"My original motivation for creating VeeSee was seeing so many talented and gifted deaf people encounter barriers in showing what they were capable of," said Ms Grant.

"These barriers exist purely because of communication issues - I also got frustrated waiting for the mainstream channels to cater for deaf audiences at reasonable times in their scheduling."

Ms Grant says VeeSee will provide an outlet for deaf film-makers to show off their own work.

The service is part of ViewTV - a portal of 900 streaming channels.

"VeeSee is another example of how IPTV can cater for a market that traditional cable and satellite broadcasters have been unable to accommodate effectively," said ViewTV director Jamie Branson.

'Great bonus'

The new channel will soon have three to four hours of programming available, sorted into different genres.

It also has a news section which is updated on a daily basis.

Once the service is fully functional, subscribers will be able to communicate using webcam-to-webcam video streaming which means that they will be able to interact using BSL.

"Allowing deaf people to be able to chat freely in their native sign languages on their own website will be a great bonus for deaf communities all over the world," said Ms Grant.

BSL user Yvonne Cobb said she was already visiting the site every day.

"It has made a huge difference in understanding more of the news and it makes viewing more pleasurable," she said.

She added she was also using the website to sell a signing DVD she has produced for babies.

"The deaf community is brought closer in being able to sell things and make money - it's a good way for us to support each other."

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Comments (6)

Is this really TV? Every time I click on the page I seem to get a random video...?

Now, I'm an American, but I find it interesting that there is one parallel between our countries - hearing people going ahead and doing things for deaf people. While it seems like, from the information provided, that Susie Grant did something good for BSL users, I'm left to wonder whether she did this on her own or if she consulted with the deaf community in the UK. We have issues with hearing people going ahead and doing things for us too - there was one planned workshop to "help us heal after the Gallaudet protest" run wholly by one hearing person who ignored suggestions made by deaf people. It was eventually cancelled, mercifully, but gosh. Thanks for sharing, by the way - I'm finding it helpful to be able to read different perspectives by UK deafies. *smile*

Jenny - would recommend you read Susie's comments in respect of an analysis I did of VeeSee last month:

http://www.alisonbryan.com/thoughts/2007/04/veesee.html#comments

You can make up your own mind.

Alis, have you sent that same link to BBC for their delectation?

E-mail address of the author:
geoff.adams-spink@bbc.co.uk

I am severe profound bilateral sensorineural hearing impaired, since birth. Since then, I have adapted, improvised, and overcome my disability to become a functioning member of mainstream society. I do not sign. I read lips and speak very well, and I don't demand that the whole world change its way just to suit me or spoil other deaf people. Yes, there are many of deaf people out there who contribute greatly to society. But, for the most part, they live in their own bubble...and expect the rest of the world to cater to them. I can only applaud those who don't use their disability as a crutch, and expect everyone to make exceptions for them. This makes me sick...I'm tired of other deaf people sitting on their butts and not getting up and play the hand that they are dealt.

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