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Last week's post called attention to the rise of subtitles-on viewing. Nathan Taylor sees some other consequences:

1) sound mixes bury voices. eg, in the movie Dune you can't hear what anyone says. In the theater they were ordered to run the sound super loud (as per director intent), so it was somewhat possible to hear. But at home you really need subtitles.

2) foreign language content becomes native language content. This is a big deal. Since the user experiences all languages as subtitles, there's no experience difference with foreign language content. So in fact my daughter when she was younger got angry at us if we watched Naruto in english and insisted on subtitles to properly experience it.

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