FCC Announces New “Rules” for Closed Captioning

posted February 22, 2014

Bungled captions may seem amusing, but advocates of better rendition of speech to text on television point out that errors relating to, say, natural-disaster emergency plans can endanger the lives of people with hearing impairment.

The FCC has adopted new rules that will require broadcasters to perform much better closed captioning with television and Internet programming. Performance Tom Wheeler, the recently appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. And that is a fundamental failure of the telecommunications industry and federal regulators, he implied: “Reliable and consistent access to news and information for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities is a right,

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25 U.S. Films Deemed Essential to Preserve

posted December 20, 2013

The Library of Congress has announced the 25 films that have been added for 2013 to the U.S. National Film Registry. As each year, the selection includes classics, gems, curiosities, and some films you may well consider duds. And you can help to choose next year's batch.

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TV News Junkies, Rejoice

posted May 23, 2013

Inside Cable News;; Wikimedia Commons

The Internet Archive, the huge array of public, online, digital libraries, is to post hundreds of thousands of U.S. television news programs, aided by a $1-million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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New Books on Moving Image Archiving, and Moving Images

posted May 22, 2013


Our book pages are constantly updated. We provide summaries of books, based on our own reading and also publisher's blurbs. And, we ask authors of books that likely involved searching for material in archives, and invite them to comment on their search experiences, and the state of archives relating to their work.

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Rediscovering Films, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese

posted April 2, 2013

Still from "The Red Shoes."

“A barn. A warehouse. A closet at a mental institution. These locations have something in common: They all contained films or parts of films that were missing and presumed lost forever.” In the March/April issue of Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Marilyn Ferdinand, who blogs at Ferdy on Films (

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Martin Scorsese Delivers Jefferson Lecture – Today

posted March 31, 2013

Martin Scorsese. Image: Brigitte Lacombe

Today, Monday April 1 2013, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese delivers this year’s National Endowment for the Humanities 2013 Jefferson Lecture. And the event will be streamed live and free of charge at 7:30pm, US East Coast time. Viewers can also join the conversation about film and the humanities via Twitter at #JeffLec2013. The Jefferson Lecture

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