I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.


Actually I don't put description on the images I toot there, usually because they're just funny ones and it stops being funny if it has to be described/explained so the extra work seems pointless to me.

Would you consider that acceptable ? When do you believe it is important to describe images ?


@lienrag It is not acceptable to not describe images of jokes. It excludes people.

This is a general problem: Abled people don't expect disabled people to participate in jokes and memes and shitposts, but we do. We don't want to be excluded from fun stuff our friends/peers are doing.

It doesn't ruin the joke to explain it; anyone who doesn't need/want to look at the description won't.

But even if it did, people matter more than jokes.

@bright_helpings @lienrag @guilevi I also find image descriptions useful even tho I'm sighted, I'm autistic and I like to look at the image descriptions for context etc. very helpful for memes and such that I'd otherwise be perplexed over.

@FrazzledBrynn Totally, descriptions are good for many disabled people, not just visually impaired ones. And the "needing the joke explained" is a particular access need for neurodivergent people sometimes! Explanations also help people from different countries/cultures who won't share all the same references. @lienrag @guilevi

@FrazzledBrynn @lienrag @bright_helpings I had never realized this could be useful for you as well. Thank you for bringing that up. It's easy to think of these things as a solution to only oneself's own problems without thinking of the implications it may have for people in different situations. This is truly important and I really hope many people read your post.

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