Professor Media Matters

I am a media professional with 6 years as a TV producer and reporter, and college professor in the field of Communications. I am also a Conservative with a passion for pop culture. This will be my attempt to put the "me" in media. It will be my take on movies, TV, books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet and all that is the worldwide media.

Monday, August 29, 2005

LANGUAGE BARRIER: The Mrs. and I have become attached to a primetime TV drama on BBC America, Footballers Wives. (Don't worry, it is only entertainment programming. I would never count on the liberal biased BBC for news coverage.) It's a fun program, soap opera in style. But even though the characters are speaking English, I can only understand about 50% of the dialogue. The British accents are so thick that every other word is mumbo jumbo. And I am not hip to all the British slang. Needless to say, I have to concentrate much harder when watching Footballers Wives than when I watch other TV dramas. My wife and I are always asking one another, "did you catch that?" or "what did they just say?" Because it's a soap opera and plotlines are familiar, you can usually figure out what is going on. But the English doesn't really sound much like English.

Put your own "me" in media and tell me what you think.


At 2:06 PM, Blogger Mrs. Media Matters said...

I love the show and have been watching it since it premiered, I agree, a lot of the time it is hard to understand. I love that it is so racy and I get to see naked guys butts. Oh Yeah, now that is what I am talking about. My husband has the best butt, no doubt about it!!!

At 6:55 AM, Blogger frieda123 said...

Is there any way you can get your TV to show you the close-captioned words on the bottom of the page? BBCAmerica has them on only part of the time but, when they're available, they make all the difference in the world. I was thrilled to discover my TV set had this feature when I bought it a few years ago and turned on the close captioning by accident. I think most not-old new sets have this feature because I find it even in old sets in places like the guest room in my mother's retirement home. Sometimes it's just a button; more often, it's a menu choice.


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