Ever since Parasite won the Oscars and director Bong Joon-Ho brought up the issue of subtitles in his acceptance speech, the debate over them has crept up again. A bunch of websites recently ran pieces about writers’ individual preferences and the debate overall. This is something that doesn’t just touch Hollywood movies, but also video games and other media.
Everybody has their own preferences on subs over dubs, and that’s exactly why it’s usually a choice. Unless you’re watching something with someone who has a different preference, I actually don’t see why it’s such a problem when other people prefer subtitles or dubs or whatever, because most movies, TV shows, and games let you pick and choose. It’s why most Netflix programs have audio and subtitle options for like eight languages. That’s how it is with all accessibility features.
And that’s what subtitles and dubs are — accessibility features, and that accessibility goes both ways. Continue reading