FEE, Foundation for Economic Education, a libertarian site, has another cautionary tale about UC Berkeley. No, it’s not just about Milo Yiannopoulos, although he has indeed found a real iceberg. The piece, by Brittany Hunter, titles itself “When equal access means zero access for all”.
The facts seem confusing. Many of the videos at issue were on a YouTube channel, and some had manually generated, and others had automatically generated (by YouTube) close captioning.
Apparently the complaint is about a small number of YouTube videos with no captioning. In any case, UC wound up removing the entire library from free access thru YouTube or similar platforms. I suppose the same could have happened with Vimeo. (What about movie companies that provide private review screeners through Vimeo?)
I could ramble here. I could say that’s like complaining about a foreign language movie without English subtitles. In fact, I’ve managed a couple times with French or German subtitles for rare Asian movies (“Mermaid in a Manhole”). But that’s off the subject.
More seriously, I could wonder if any amateur provider on YouTube could be approached or served with the same complaint. Even me.
I wondered about related questions when self-publishing my books. I don’t have the scale for audiobooks, or large print, or other accommodations. POD can confound this question. I may well take this question up later on my Book review blog, and come back to this question soon on a Wordpress blog that looks at these things as bigger pictures. But this problem would also relate quickly to open access.