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Sep. 20th, 2005 | 08:28 pm

Wouldn't it be great if life's subtleties were subtitled?

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!Bob

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from: achild
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
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Sublimly so.

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from: avice
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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Heh, it'd be neat to see all the ones we miss, but at the same time, you'd loose the game of noticing.

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terriblelynne

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from: terriblelynne
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
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YES IT WOULD.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
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  KNOWING, DRAMATIC EMPHASIS HINTING AT
... WORLD-WEARINESS AND EXTENSIVE
PERSONAL  EXPERIENCE WITH SUBJECT MATTER     

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terriblelynne

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from: terriblelynne
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
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You have no idea.

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from: worstkidever
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
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The subtitles of said subtleties should surely be subtlest of subtitles, with successive, strictly stressed sounds.

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Heather the Great

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from: heatherthegreat
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
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That would surely help me a bunch... I'm really dense sometimes.

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from: avice
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
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I think the perception of subtlety would change entirely. I wonder if such a societal change would lead to more subtle behavior or less.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
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Oooo, good point. The yin and yang problem, with a slight touch of Harrison Bergeron.

However.

I think the perception of subtlety would be preserved, if the subtitles had the features of TV subtitles:

* lag slightly behind events
* dsigned to be inobtrusive and therefore ignorable
* can be turned off

Interestingly, the problem of perceiving subtlety does come up in the process of closed-captioning television -- when it's being done live, you often get incorrect sound-alike words and phrases, and sometimes you can tell from the pauses that the captioner seems to be going, "did he really say THAT?" and struggling not to edit!

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