Monday, October 26, 2009

What Should Make DVTV/DeafRead A Part of the Deaf Community?

This is not exactly a summary but more of organizing my afterthoughts of the vlog:

I have struggled with the concept that DVTV, DeafRead, and other Deaf blog aggregators are a part of the Deaf Community. A Community means shared experiences and interest that also involve supporting for a common cause. To call it a Deaf community, it has to be a construct model. We can not see DVTV and DeafRead etc. as "the Deaf community" since b/vloggers and commentators are not in the position of having a true interaction in person like most Deaf community events do. There is no natural way of interaction using natural signed language in a natural setting in the Deaf vlogosphere. Yes, there are video comments but still it is not a natural way to have a decent interaction since misunderstandings by misinterpreting or taking out of the context are made by one commenter at a time that leads the others to jump in and making the thread twisted. This is least likely to happen when it is done face to face and that the problems will be ironed out much more effectively.

Not only is the concept of a community a "construct" (model), it is a "sociological construct." It is a set of interactions, human behaviors that have meaning and expectations between its members. The actions are based on shared expectations, values, beliefs and meanings between individuals. In DVTV and DeafRead, there are so many different directions, values, beliefs, etc. that in no way it can be shared to form a common goal (i.e. how to support families with Deaf bbaies) which is why divisions happen.

Yes, we could see division happening in DVTV/DeafRead so does that mean the Deaf community is divided? No! There are much more to what the Deaf community is than just looking at DVTV and DeafRead. We need to look at the Deaf Community as a whole that the parts include sports tournaments, educational conferences, political conventions, arts, recreational clubs, etc. in the national and the international level where face-to-face interactions and the use of natural signed languages take place.

Remember that the goal of the Deaf community is empowerment. Knowing what a community is, and its social and cultural nature, will help us to know what it takes to make the Deaf vlogosphere as a part of the true Deaf Community that we are able to be empowered by our efforts to make a collective journey to reach the goal for the ultimatum of the Deaf Community. To call DVTV or DeafRead or any blog aggregator of the Deaf "the Deaf community", it is necessary to consider about including the use of natural signed language in a natural setting and having frequent gathering opportunities.