Poster or Presentation Title

Blindness as Portrayed in Internet Videos: The Perception and the Reality

Location

Virtual | Room 2

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 1:15 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 1:30 PM

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This study focuses on the state of blindness as it is portrayed in widely-consumed new media, particularly YouTube videos. It uses as examples three YouTube content creators (otherwise known as YouTubers,) all of whom are blind themselves, and presents a critical study comparing each creator’s approach toward blindness. Comments posted in response to these videos are also used as a representation of how blindness is perceived by the sighted viewing public. The study concludes that, though demonstrations of alternative techniques and expressions of positive messaging about blindness help to present a more accurate portrayal of the disability to the public, ingrained negative perceptions among the average viewer still exist unless those perceptions are directly addressed and challenged. Consequently, I call upon content creators to more directly address the perceptions of their viewers as expressed in viewer comments.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp

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Apr 7th, 1:15 PM Apr 7th, 1:30 PM

Blindness as Portrayed in Internet Videos: The Perception and the Reality

Virtual | Room 2

This study focuses on the state of blindness as it is portrayed in widely-consumed new media, particularly YouTube videos. It uses as examples three YouTube content creators (otherwise known as YouTubers,) all of whom are blind themselves, and presents a critical study comparing each creator’s approach toward blindness. Comments posted in response to these videos are also used as a representation of how blindness is perceived by the sighted viewing public. The study concludes that, though demonstrations of alternative techniques and expressions of positive messaging about blindness help to present a more accurate portrayal of the disability to the public, ingrained negative perceptions among the average viewer still exist unless those perceptions are directly addressed and challenged. Consequently, I call upon content creators to more directly address the perceptions of their viewers as expressed in viewer comments.