Friday Movie Night - The Big Squeeze, Nickled & Dimed

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!


Tonight's films are a focus on the middle class and also from a really great resource, UCTV.

First up is a lecture by Steven Greenhouse, author of The Big Squeeze, a book describing what we already know, U.S. workers are being squeezed and labor arbitraged to working poor (and now just poor).


Greenhouse on The Big Squeeze


The second talk is with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of NIcked & Dimed.


Barbara Ehrenreich Talk




Looking for a transcript

I'd love to watch these videos but there are no captions or transcripts. If you could post a link to a transcript, I'd be really grateful.

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you mean like for the deaf?

I found this video grabber and am looking for automatic transcript generation.

I forget the name of regular TV captioning service but thank you for pointing out that every single video should have that enabled and available!

Let me know if the above link can somehow automatically generate text from a video feed. It should be in the actual bitstream frankly.

I haven't tried this but youtube just enabled automatic closed captioning, but I haven't tried it, so I'll let you be victim to see if it generates garbage instead of the actual transcript.

If you double click on any of the videos, it should go to the origination site, where maybe there are more tools available that the embedded ones do not have available.

I make a point to do it this way, only a few videos are locally hosted and this is more "EP picks" list.

On UCTV, I don't know yet, they sure as hell should have captioning on their web videos, I mean it's the California university system here, but I don't see it. Maybe that first link works.

If you are aware of accessibility automatic generation tools for media, social/web based media, let me know. This is a major issue, just like all technology, they originally believe only 25 year old males, with no disabilities and always between 5'8" and 5'11" use it. ;)

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more on closed captioning/transcripts

I just tried the Google "automatic" system and it puked out garbage. That said, at least all clips which originally came from TV broadcast, I know for a fact those already have CC available, because it's required for regular TV broadcast.

So, may I request you demand youtube put on their automated encoding, which is what happens when you "upload a video to youtube", to capture the CC stream and encode it automatically.

There isn't much I can do, unless we find a tool available to create CC/transcripts after the fact, but it is pretty ridiculous they do not already automatically encode them when uploading anything prepared for TV/Satellite/Film and so on.

It's already there.

Also, almost all of the CSPAN web clips do have transcripts around.

Thanks for reminding me of this. We do (and I really try to require this from other authors as much as it pisses them off!) to include the alt image tags and other accessibility formatting features...

But it's pretty damn important and there is no reason to not include CC by youtube and other sites automatically frankly.

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