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By alisonbryanuk | "alisonbryanuk" <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 8, 2004 | Post #604 | Topic #604

Hiya I've just joined this group, following a link from Marc Canter's blog. Thanks Marc. I am so pleased that this group is in existence. I live in the UK, and I'm no techie, just an end user who is really interested in how the net can be utilised better. Specifically on video blogging, this is just the thing that I've been looking for in relation to Deaf people. Blogging is a great tool, but it relies on written English / other written languages, which can make it inaccessible for Deaf people. For some time, I've wanted to see video blogging ... whereby the entries are simply videos, which inevitably are signed by the Deaf person. This would be a huge advancement in terms of Deaf people collectively having a voice plus empowerment. Traditionally they've been at the mercy of organisations, which = paternalistic. I like the idea how blogs can be individual yet collective / interelated, and an great opportunity to record grass root opinion. I am aware this would take up an enormous amount of bandwidth, plus server space .. so I question how realistic this dream is. Deaf people are starting to use web chat rooms such as camfrog.com but this is obviously a chat room, and blogs are a different animal. Ideally, I would like to see blogging software such as MT, Blogger etc, create video blogs and its not just uploaded files to a standard... [View]

Re: New here

By alisonbryanuk | "alisonbryanuk" <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 8, 2004 | Post #618 | Topic #604

> Why do written languages make it inaccessible? Am I missing something? Good question, and one that is asked by most people out there. Answer is threefold: a) Traditionally mainstream education has been inaccessible to Deaf people, due to plain lack of communication / access .. therefore they have missed out on the usual educational opportunties; b) To process written language in your head, you have to possess something called an auditory memory. As you are reading this, you are to some degree saying the words in your brain (even though not out loud). Deaf people (not the same as hard of hearing or deafened people) frequently do not have an auditory memory, as they have not heard speech being processed. Written language is not quite as visual as people assume it is. It is possible for Deaf people to have a command over English etc (btw I'm Deaf), but when this happens language is being processed in another way. Secondly, not all Deaf people are the same. I don't want to bore people with the details. If you are interested, there's some MRI scans online (visual) that'll give you an idea what I'm talking about: http://bdl.uoregon.edu/Galleries/gallery.html c) Sign languages (and they are different) often are Deaf people's first language. As with any spoken language, people prefer to converse in their native / mother tongue, as its easier. Thus, Deaf people and some hearing people (whose parents were Deaf) like... [View]

Re: New here

By alisonbryanuk | "alisonbryanuk" <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 9, 2004 | Post #631 | Topic #604

Re one to one convo ... yep it will always exist, just like hearing people need a voice phone. There's web video chats too. Blogging, I see more as a medium whereby Deaf people can record ideas / thoughts and basically archives. For years, Deaf history has been lost, simply because there hasn't been accessible methods of recording thoughts. Okay there is personal videos, but these aren't accessible. Blogging provides a whole new medium. I'm also wanting to use blogs as an educational tool too. vBlogs have many potential uses in the Deaf community, and cannot be attributed to singular purposes. I see this being the same for vblogs being used in other contexts too. Didn't someone ask us to brainstorm? Alison [View]

Re: [videoblogging] Another attempt

By Alison Bryan | Alison Bryan <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 10, 2004 | Post #648 | Topic #647

Just thinking - we need vcomments too! If vblogs are going to be visual, then the comment feature needs to be! Or am I dreaming 50 years from now? vspam would be a nightmare to manage. I will post a vblog entry next week, as I'm getting a broadband connection on Monday. This is probably off topic, but I wondered if wikis could ever be video enabled? Its unrealistic at the moment, but would it be technically possible. Could you get a wiki to recognise a video file, as opposed to some .exe file that contained a virus? Alison [View]

Re: Olympic Bloggers?

By alisonbryanuk | "alisonbryanuk" <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 14, 2004 | Post #684 | Topic #683

Stuart Hughes (BBC journalist) is partially vblogging, plus some audio: http://stuarthughes.blogspot.com/ Otherwise, only other Olympic blog that I know of is Scott Goldblatt (swimmer): http://www.goldblatt.info/olympicjournal.htm (this is just text tho). Alison [View]

Re: [videoblogging] Re: BSL group

By Alison Bryan | Alison Bryan <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 28, 2004 | Post #981 | Topic #956

http://groups-beta.google.com/group/deaf-uk-bsl You can't access the archives without being a member. You will need to join it first - to create googlegroup username / password from here: http://groups-beta.google.com/ If you have problems with this, just go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/deaf-uk-bsl/ and there is a googlegroup sign up box there ... just tap in your e mail address. btw everyone - I did a vlog, my first: http://www.alisonbryan.com/blog/archive/000092.html I don't know how to get a still picture tho, just a hyperlink ... Alison [View]

deaf-uk-bsl again

By Alison Bryan | Alison Bryan <alison.bryan@...> | alisonbryanuk
August 28, 2004 | Post #987 | Topic #987

As a few people have asked me aboout this, I've temporarily changed the archive settings for deaf-uk-bsl .... to public. Archives here: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/deaf-uk-bsl Please note that I will change this back to members can only view the archives in a couple of days. Just so people can get the concept of what we've been workring with. There's very little / no English used in messages, and we're pushing for a discussion group in BSL only, basically to raise the status of the language, and allow the experience of discussion in BSL. This obviously could be conducted in spoken languages, using video. We've found so far the experience is so much more personal, funny and above all the system seems to be more troll etc proof. ie there's a person behind the e mail ...... I would appreciate any comments. Alison [View]