Saturday, February 14, 2004

Shoes for the Deaf

This story from the February 8, Palm Beach Post link here is pretty amazing.

The Bush Administration has decided that people with bad hearing have bad judgment, too, and need special guidance from the federal government.

So the U.S. Department of Education is declaring about 200 television programs inappropriate for closed captioning and denying federal grant requests to make them accessible to the hearing impaired...

Some of the shows that have been declared inappropriate: Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Law & Order, The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, & Scooby Doo.

Apparently, the DOE has appointed a panel of 5 to determine which shows are appropriate, and have some new rules for determining which programs make the cut, but those new rules are a secret. All I can say is they certainly are doing a good job of keeping the secret, because I sure can't find a connection between the examples.

thanks to Silleigh for the story