The Cognitive Style of Subtitles

They boost literacy, kickstart foreign film, and improve comprehension

Clive Thompson

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Photo by Maria Teneva on Unsplash

So: Subtitles are hot now!

You likely knew this already; you may well use them yourself. But this is a big shift from TV- and movie-viewing when I was young. Back in the 80s, watching video with subtitles was considered extremely weird. People found it awkward, a…

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net