“Deaf people gave a fuck……”

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Deaf people have gotten the shaft for many years in terms of communication technology.  There once was a time when deaf people and hearing people were much closer, in terms of what long distance communication each respective group were capable of producing.

When there was no technology to assist communication:

  • A hearing person could communicate as far as he or she could yell and hear in a conversation
  • A deaf person could communicate as far as he or she was capable of reading someone else sign language something to them

On most occasions; the person who can hear can obviously communicate farther, but not all occasions.  If a deaf guy had really good sight, and a hearing person had laryngitis or something, then the deaf person would communicate further than the hearing person in such a scenario.

As for long-distance early-society communication, both groups were capable of using mail at the same rate of speed (if a postal service existed in their society).

Then after centuries and centuries of boredom, came the radio waves (in the early 1900’s ).

Radio waves were a really big deal for hearing people.  It initially allowed for important people to communicate over much longer distances.  Then the radio waves eventually lead to hearing people enjoying music, sports, and other forms of entertainment.  It was a wonderful step forward for communication for people who could hear.  Radios were the big ticket purchase for home owners when they became available to the public for purchase.  If someone in the neighborhood bought one; then every other person in the neighborhood would be extremely jealous, and would hope to get invited by to experience it first hand.  It was a wonderful step forward for the technology in communication for the people who could hear.  Radios were a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

On the other hand:

Deaf people didn’t give a fuck……….

Around the same time came the household telephone.

Telephones were a really big deal for hearing people.  It also initially allowed for important people to communicate over much longer distances, but it was much more convenient than radio waves.  A phone could communicate to a lot more people, and also allow for private phone numbers as well as private conversations.  Eventually phones were cheaper to make and were found in many houses.  Everyone now had an instant and convenient form of communication.  It was once again a wonderful step forward in the technology of communication for the people who could hear……..Telephones were a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

On the other hand:

Deaf people didn’t give a fuck……….

(*Deaf people could use a typewriter phone and a relay system through an operator.  This form of communication over long distances was similar in fashion as instant messaging with someone on a computer.  Although you can definitely communicate in such a way, it never feels like a real conversation due to the typing, waiting and reading required in order to have a conversation.)

Next came the cellular phone.

Cellular phones were a really big deal for the hearing people.  It once again initially allowed for important people to communicate over much longer distances, but it was much more convenient than conventional telephone since it was mobile.  A cellular phone could allow the owner to communicate where ever he or she was, and also have the same capabilities as a house phone.  Eventually, cellular phones prices got low enough to be owned by a much larger group of people in our country.  Everyone now had a convenient form of communication, which could also be mobile.  It was yet again a wonderful step forward in the technology of communication for people who could hear……..The original cellphones were a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

On the other hand:

Deaf people didn’t give a fuck……….

Next came the smart phone,  and finally…………. a  step forward in the mobile technology of communication for deaf people.

Smart phones were a really big deal for hearing people and now are for deaf people.  It once again initially allowed for important people to communicate over much longer distances, but it was much more convenient than conventional cellular phones since it could also access the internet, take pictures, record videos, play music, text message, play games and eventually video chat……..

Eventually, smart phones prices got low enough to be owned by the much larger group of people in our country.

I was watching a television show tonight.  There was a deaf guy who was using a smart phone, and utilizing the video chat option to communicate to another deaf person.  He had the phone facing him with one hand and he was using sign language with his other hand.  The other person he was on the chat with could watch this, and then he responds with some different hand gestures (which I don’t have the faintest fucking clue to being able to translate….).

Deaf people can now carry a mobile device which allows for instant, real communication with whoever else possesses a smart phone (and knows how to sign language).  The smart phones are a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

On this hand:

Deaf people gave a fuck……….

I would now like to show a graph which expresses the point of this post:

 

This is what Andrew Michaels is doing now…….

Advertisements
Comments
  1. lauren says:

    What about blind people? Who’s gonna worry about if they give a fuck?

    • Well……that would be an entire different post; regarding entirely different technology, which has improved over the years for the people who can see, and how blind people don’t give a fuck.

  2. Kate says:

    What’s a smart phone?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s