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Descriptive videos (videos with descriptive naration for the
blind) are great in concept -- they are a step towards
universal access, but the problem is the same as it is with
audio books -- the narators always sound like Guy Smiley
Sesemae Street. The problem is not bad narators though,
having any one person decide on the best way to translate
somthing from the visual world to the audio world.
The solution is a networked descriptive video system that
records home descriptions as they are done for blind
and audience reactions as they occur in the general public,
and lets users pick the best of these by rating them.
Wouldn't it be great if you could hear all the reactions to TV
shows in all of the living rooms where the show was being
watched -- the real laugh track? "Mystery Science Theater
3000"-style commentaries must be going on all over the
If we had a way to record all of these and promote them on
their success at adding to the value of a film or TV show it
would make for a great description service.