International Women’s Day … World Kidney Day.
I am lucky to be a woman in 2018 I realize. I am lucky to have one working kidney, rather than my two old damaged-beyond-repair kidneys.
Women have come so far since the 1920s. My kidney transplant is working, still after nearly 21 years, so far so good.
I realize all this, as I’m watching Downton Abbey for the first time. I found the series with descriptive track, which I first needed to keep up with all the characters, but now I like for facial expressions and such.
These aren’t available on Netflix with any audio track, though a couple shows (mostly Netflix originals) do have that.
These are recorded right from British television, one episode even with the commercials left in.
We’re coming to a time when audio description, on TV and in movies, isn’t quite so rare as it once would have been. Still, it isn’t common enough.
I want to demand audio description for movie theatres and for television, but it all takes time. People turn on TV and suddenly hear some odd extra voice chirping at them and are taken aback at first. It isn’t nearly common enough.
I recently began to see a new commercial for Diet Coke and wondered why they were choosing to show a new ad. Why now?
Some actress saying how if she wants to have a Diet Coke, she will. I admire that attitude, but what was I missing?
The answer is, I was missing the fact that it isn’t only the regular Diet Coke they are advertising. Apparently, they have four new flavours. I was told this by sighted family. Otherwise, I never would have known and they never would have caught my attention Coke.
I know, if most movies and shows still don’t have audio description, commercials won’t be any more likely to have it, though I have heard of a few. Either way, without specifically speaking about the fact that it isn’t just the usual Diet Coke they have to offer, someone without sight won’t know. I am a small minority of Coca Cola’s customer base, I realize, but I think I deserve to know these things, as insignificant as it might sound.
I totally thought about phoning Coke’s 1-800 number and complaining, letting them know this is discrimination and all they need do is verbally mention the new product they’re offering, but really I hold down a little on the growing activist part of me that is sick of living with things as they are. I am sure I’d only get one of those automated messages and be told to press 1 for…and 2 for…
I might still. I would also complain. I don’t recommend the Cherry, which is flavoured with something that tastes like pepper, a heated after taste that makes it undrinkable.
And so, your hard drive space is low, is the message my laptop keeps repeating to me. I get a notification of lack of space on my phone regularly, but this one is new. I am no good at clearing out my computer/phone. I let apps and files build up.
Wow, this post was supposed to be about one thing and it went a totally different direction. And so it goes.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SoCS
We’ve come so far, and yet… And so on and so forth.
4 thoughts on “So Far, So Good #SoCS”
I had no idea that you were blind.
I am a writer. I am an aunt. I am a chocolate lover. I am blind. We are all many things, but there you have it. Thanks for reading.
I think you should most definitely craft a letter recommending they make a change to cater to ALL of their customers. I almost want to do it for you…
Very kind of you. I will seriously consider it.