I read an interesting article today about why movies and TV are so dark and indistinct and otherwise hard to see.

And it reminded me of one I'd read a few weeks ago about how hard it is to hear dialogue now, and other issues with sound.

It sounds like both problems are complicated, due to both technical and cultural reasons.

It's weird to realize we live in an age where western audio-visual media is so hostile to both our vision and hearing.

@bright_helpings I watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife the other day, and it was so dark. Made me wonder if my screen is now completely inadequate, or my vision, or both.

@bright_helpings yeah I found that both the visuals and dialogue of Dune were incredibly difficult to follow, and films like Tenet have terrible dialogue tracks (which the director is proud of!), several films I'm gonna have to rewatch at home with captions and I only have ADHD/mild auditory processing issues and no hearing loss

@bright_helpings @cadadr really interesting theory!

Related, something I haven't been able to un-see since watching this: - how like all action/fight scenes nowadays are dark and hard to follow and with a million cuts. It's notable to get a Western (uh, like Anglo, not like cowboys) action movie where you know where everyone is in the scene (e.g. Mad Max: Fury Road).

@nev Yeah, the center framing in Fury Road was so crucial to it being like the only action movie I've really enjoyed, it suited my visual impairment really well to be able to follow everything so easily. Fury Road is also mentioned in this article about color as being a rare exception there for having some.

I wished at the time that it'd inspire more movies to be legible, but I guess it didn't! @cadadr

@nev @bright_helpings @cadadr This exactly is why I love martial arts movies but don't like action movies.


@bright_helpings One of my ideas is that sometimes it's just to make white people look like they've got more grit. And to kinda hide away the BIPOC (or lack thereof). Not sure why they wanna make white ppl look so bilious, but whatever lol

@dirething I was thinking that making everything so dark is just going to make darker skinned people disappear! Which, hm, is that a bug or a feature :blobthinking:

@bright_helpings definitely a feature... never discount white supremacy as a "bad" accident. pushing us BIPOC folks out is always either on purpose or a "happy" accident

@dirething Oh yeah sorry if I wasn't clear there but it was just sarcasm, I know excluding BIPOC is always a goal.

@bright_helpings joking even to be sarcastic is not a super great idea about bad shit, especially things outside of your lane

@dirething excellent point! I'll take it on board, thank you

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