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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Why is everyone watching TV with the subtitles on? That was the headline of an article published on The Atlantic website on June 6. I thought I was the only one doing this and was intrigued by the headline, so I decided to give it a read. Sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone.

But, first, a little background. I noticed my adult daughters had subtitles turned on whenever they were streaming a show on my living room TV. And, as such, those settings stuck when I streamed a show. I found it annoying at first, but then I began to like it. Now, I, too, watch every show with subtitles, and I truly prefer it that way.

Devin Gordon, the author of The Atlantic article, feels otherwise. He wrote, “…now I’m reading TV, not watching it. Because now, instead of focusing my attention on the performances, the costumes, the cinematography, the painstakingly mixed sound, and how it all works together to tell a story and transport me into an alternate world, my eyes keep getting yanked downward to read words I can already hear. My soul can’t bear the notion of someone watching ‘The Sopranos’ for the first time and, as Tony wades into the pool, looking down to the bottom of the screen to read [ducks quack].”

He added, “I grew alarmed by the way subtitles seem to be creeping into our homes — an addictive substance like TikTok, which, by the way, deserves some blame for this shift, conditioning multiple generations to watch content with text plastered all over it.”

Ah, so we can blame it on TikTok. I like that. You can read more of Gordon’s rants here.

But how many people actually use subtitles?

Gordon shares in the article that, according to Preston Smalley, Roku’s vice president of viewer product, a 2022 internal survey revealed that 58% of subscribers use subtitles: 36% of them switch the subtitles on because of a diagnosed hearing impairment; 32% do it out of force of habit. (The remaining third cite a stew of situational issues, such as kids sleeping nearby, other people in the room, and poor audio quality.) Many of the people using subtitles, in other words, do not need them.

And that includes me (for the most part, although they do help with my 54-year-old hearing loss). How about you? Subtitles or no subtitles? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Place to Get a Costume

1. Theatrical Shop

2. Spirit Halloween

3. Atomic Garage


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances stick with us today before ending and leaving us with a dry Friday. Rain chances return for the weekend. Temperatures stay cooler than at the beginning of the week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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Some highlights from the James Beard Awards in Chicago. Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia was chosen as outstanding restaurant. Ellen Yin of Fork in Philadelphia was named best restaurateur. Rob Rubba of Oyster Oyster in D.C. was named outstanding chef. Yoli Tortilleria in Kansas City was declared the first-ever top bakery in America.

BBC reports that the Taliban has eradicated 85% of Afghani poppies in a year. Farmers are encouraged to turn to wheat, but wheat makes little profit and farmers are in dire economic straits.

Thursday brings fried chicken specials to Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines). Price Chopper is advertising 2/$5 packages of Smithfield bacon (12 ounce) through Monday.

— Jim Duncan

Free Film Festival Celebrating the Latino Culture
Des Moines Latino Film Festival Continuing Mission to Educate
Tueesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 17
The Latino Center of Iowa is back for their third annual Des Moines Latino Film Festival with five days of free films and music. “We really focused this year to reach different groups of filmgoers and provide expanded experiences with a drive-in venue and a celebration of film and music in Valley Junction,” said Luis Leon, Board Chair, Latino Center of Iowa. “Film reflects culture through a unique and easily approachable experience which helps break barriers, raises awareness, and is a unique educational tool that can address subjects untouchable by other mediums.”
Tickets, Film Schedules & Descriptions will be posted at www.latinocenterofiowa.org

Opening shows
• Pyramid Theatre Company - June 8-18, "In the Upper Room," Stoner Theater.
• Ankeny Community Theatre - June 9-16, "The One-Act Play that Goes Wrong." 
• Des Moines Performing Arts - thru June 11. "Dear Evan Hansen."
- John Busbee’s The Culture Buzz (http://theculturebuzz.com)

FROM KCCI: In Iowa, Mike Pence officially launches presidential bid

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Mike Pence promised “the best days of the greatest nation on earth are yet to come” in a video released Wednesday formally launching his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Police officers jump in to save beloved family pet from fire

DES MOINES, Iowa –Des Moines Police officers were called into action in a way they normally don’t do. They used a police car, as an emergency transport. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds requests help from White House after Davenport partial building collapse

The formal request for an emergency declaration comes more than a week after the west side of the century-old, six-story apartment building crumbled on May 28. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On June 8 in history ...

1968. James Earl Ray, suspect in Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, is arrested. James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

1966: NFL and AFL announce merger. On June 8, 1966, the rival National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) announce that they will merge. The first “Super Bowl” between the two leagues took place at the end of the 1966 season, though it took until the 1970 season for the leagues to unite their operations and integrate their regular-season schedules.

1984: “Ghostbusters” released. On June 8, 1984, the now-classic comedy Ghostbusters is released in theaters across the United States. Produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as disgraced parapsychology professors in New York City who turn to “paranormal investigation”–hunting down and capturing ghosts—to make money after Columbia University yanks their research grants.

Read more at History.com.


Festival fun!

Summerfest and Celebrate Bondurant

By Chantel Boyd

When it comes to summer festivities, Bondurant residents are gearing up for hometown fun. June begins the summer with a bang — with both Summerfest and Celebrate Bondurant just around the corner. Get ready for old-fashioned family fun.

Summerfest returns for its 49th year
Bondurant Summerfest, returning for its 49th year, is a two-day annual event celebrating the community. This year’s event will be held on June 12 and 13.

... Read more in the May issue of Bondurant Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Beckham Miller!

These celebrities were born on this date: Boz Scaggs, Sonia Braga, Kathy Baker, Griffin Dunne, Mick Hucknall, Julianna Margulies, David Sutcliffe, Mark Feuerstein, Lindsay Davenport, Kanye West, Maria Menounos, Sturgill Simpson, Derek Trucks and Kim Clijsters

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Which type of monkey are Chimpanzees afraid of? SPIDER MONKEY! - Carolyn Rogers, Gail Tomlinson, Kris Laurson. Also responding were Rex Post, William Snyder, Gary Shaw.

Today's Riddle

Why was the crow perched on top of the telephone pole?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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