Saturday, November 10, 2007

Response To Seek Geo's Fading ASL Vlog



This is a response to Seek Geo's vlog about ASL fading.

I have a good theory why ASL is fading. Last year, the deaf community, mostly deaf people who are involved with ASL specifically, decided to throw out Jane Fernandes from the presidency of Gallaudet University.

That will continue in the minds of the hearing people.



That's one good theory why ASL is fading.

Richard

12 comments:

  1. 'Nice backdrop! You build that fence yourself? I am impressed. But why cut off the view? ~~Sigh~~

    Well the stuff on National News sticks in peoples' mind the longest, I agree with you. But the average person is not interested in Gallaudet,so they change the channel or turn the page in their newspaper to something they know more about.

    My own memory of the Gallaudet uprisings is of the poorly dressed demonstrators. The Hippie generation is over, do they know that? 'Seems to me that a minority group would try harder to show the world some class.

    But that is just my own point of view.

    Lantana

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  2. All of your words are empty, meaningless, nonsensical babbling, and impertinent. It reeks horribly and nothing else than this: a conspiracy theory consisting of only unfounded evidence, unprofessional conduct and unintelligent insight.

    Try to read more and learn more; you never have had pertinent nor significant to say in the past or present. Maybe in future after you attend some more classes to remove a fraction of your ignorance, maybe then you'll finally be able to barely scratch the surface.

    All a conspiracy theory. Nothing less nor more. What a waste of time reading.

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  3. I don't see ASL any more, nearly all deafies use some SEE, Piedgon blended in ASL.

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  4. Lantana, the demonstrators lived in "tent cities" and were denied access to buildings on campus. They had to use porta-johns and often went many days without showering or laundering. Couldn't be helped. When I visited the campus during the homecoming weekend, I invited 9 students over to my hotel room to partake the use of my bathroom and used a laundromat at the corner at my expenses.

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  5. Hearing people were turned off by protesters' barechest or building windows with a paint "Juck Fane"
    They thjink less of deaf people.

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  6. Jessica,

    I can see a lot more than what the deafs are showing me.

    Richard

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  7. I'd like to leave a comment, which was given to me by my hearing parents. They did follow the Gallaudet U. protest last year. They said that they thought that Jane F. was a good choice, because, in their eyes, she represented the majority of deaf young people living in America... mainstreamed, oral, CIed, late-deafened, etc. That would give a boost in Gallaudet U.'s enrollment and perhaps bringing more academic rigor to its academic curriculum. So, when they heard about the overthrowing of Jane F., they thought it was sad because it left a lasting impression of angry "D"eaf people against hearing people. And my parents made a point that most of the employment agencies would have a hard time understanding the concept of hiring deaf people from deaf college into the hearing environment. Say, picture this... One top Forbes company, IBM, is interviewing two top deaf people for the job position... one is a graduate of Gallaudet U. and another graduated from, say, Boston College (where one had support services such as interpreters, CART, you name it...) Of course, IBM would hire the deaf Boston College graduate due to the reputation of the college... it is a HEARING college. Hearing people do not know much about Gallaudet U. It would be easier for the Gallaudet U. graduates to get jobs in the deaf world than in the hearing world. The point is how well the employers know about the universities and colleges which could be one of the influencing factors for hiring. The overthrowing of Jane F. did not help... it led to more confusion of hearing people, more questions about the reputation of Gallaudet U., etc. My parents point out that deaf people lived in the hearing world, so they had to make do with it... same as immigrants who have to make do with living in English-speaking country (America.)

    I am just bringing my parents' viewpoint to this, so don't take it personally. It is just an opinion and ALL opinions must be respected, not attacked, no matter how we all may think that the facts are misinterpreted, etc. It is our perspectives, our beliefs, our approach to our lives, etc. When attacks occur, it is due to ignorance which lead to judging. We need to walk in people's shoes to understand them.

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  8. I'm going to remind again to our wonderful commenters that I wont be approving profanity infested comments because we have the mighty younger deaf generation reading this blog.

    Richard

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  9. Karen,

    That was a very constructive contribution and thank you very much for your time to write it.

    Richard

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  10. I feel that we are very fortunate here to be able to post what we wish in a reasonable manner. Richard has just as much right to speak out as the rest of us do.

    Be patient and "listen" closely, there might be a message there for you.

    Lantana

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  11. You have no sense of humor here.

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