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Mister Voice-Over sez

Why don’t sites have narrative voice-overs?

Voice-overs that offer slighted versions of the editorial content. Or, commentary over pages composed of solely headline-text.

Like television advertisements.

Television advertisements are an exceptional medium. Voice-overs needn’t reposit text. They seldom do.

My present favorite regards a class-action advertisement against a large pharmaceutical company. Especially, one passage where text on the screen shows,

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic Coma
  • Kectoacidosis
  • Death

That’s straightforward.

However, as you’re reading it, Mister Voice-Over sez “If you or a loved one is suffering from Diabetes, Diabetic Coma, Kectoacidosis or Death...”

Death?

That's brilliant. Voice-overs on web sites bear consideration from that segment alone. Everyone should have it.

And, in this age of digital recording, Ian Dury would read mine.


Sean Fraser posted this on April 6, 2006 08:43 PM.

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