Deaf vlogs

Amanda sends along links to “videos of Deaf folks signing ‘blogs’. particularly http://carl-schroeder.blogspot.com/ if you just glimpse at www.deafread.com it gives a sense of how many people are participating in these video blogs… amazing.”
I noticed Carl Schroeder is from Hawai’i, I wonder what he knows about the Independent Nation of Hawai’i, and how he and the Deaf community there feels about it.
I fooled around for a minute and found this one, Deaf vloggers influence on my signing” by Chris Blythe. Some of the signs I didn’t recognize (the one he attributed to Ella Lentz, especially) and a few others look like what I’d call “old ASL” or non-initialized signing (such as the vernacular sign for “KITCHEN”). It makes me wonder whether this technology of vlogging is an antedote to the reduced interpersonal/community contact feared by some culturally Deaf with the advent of video-relay services (so Deaf people can do more-and-more of their business from home by videophone instead of traveling out into the world).
Meanwhile, someone (thank you!) posted a link in the comments a while back to an interview with Shirley Childress Saxton, the longtime ASL interpreter for Sweet Honey in the Rock.

5 thoughts on “Deaf vlogs”

  1. It makes me wonder whether this technology of vlogging is an antedote to the reduced interpersonal/community contact feared by some culturally Deaf with the advent of video-relay services (so Deaf people can do more-and-more of their business from home by videophone instead of traveling out into the world).
    I have to say, while I’ve yet to be affected by VRS in this way.. I am, as you know, removed from my Deaf peers (almost by my schedule more than location) and sat at my computer so excited to to experience ‘ASL stories’ again.. and to be ‘connected’ in that way. I am intrigued by how many posts were in response to something another ‘vlogger’ had talked about. Additionally, I think the lost of anonymity with these vlogs is interesting.. and I wonder if that is partly why some of the responses are more civil than we sometimes witness on the internet 🙂
    And i just love Shirley Childress Saxton! 🙂

  2. The concern with VRS was with another decrease in face-to-face interaction brought about by technological accessibility. You know Deaf Clubs are in serious decline nearly everywhere in the US, unless there is a very large Deaf community local enough to forge strong interpersonal links.
    Interesting that the change in tone is so evident. You are right, if you can SEE me, then chances are you might not rip into as much as when I can “hide” behind written words and/or even an alias. Hard to pretend either of us is not quite human when it feels as if we’re making eye contact!

  3. i dont hold a crystal ball.
    however, i think deaf churches, small clubs will stay with us til end of time.
    hey if there is such a walking videophone, i will buy it.
    some folks say that is coming in form of cellphone.
    some said it is already available in japan.
    hmmm

  4. I saw some advanced technology in Sweden three years ago – cell phones with video capability. Not sure why they aren’t available in the US yet.
    I know some intimate gatherings of culturally Deaf people will persist. The question that pops up in my mind is whether they will be more strongly “segregated” by socioeconomic class. This is a problem that applies to everyone, but it might be more evident (with more severe effects?) among linguistic minorities. Interestingly, one of the things I admire about the Deaf community is its ability to make and maintain connections across such differences. But if language use evolves faster among the more privileged than among those without access to adequate education and technological resources….
    I don’t know. Am I just rehashing the same old historical problem?

  5. steph
    the first part of what you said is true..
    the second part is now debatable…you will find amazing feats at http://www.camfrog.com
    go to the video chat room where deaf people all around the world converge…and wow
    im amazed at language acquistion and development by few people in a short time….

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