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"An impressive and ambitious account of the history of the technology, geography, labor, and politics of three speech-to-text systems—subtitling, closed captioning for television, and court reporting. It is original, well written and researched, and an important book."

"Downey’s book provides a through explanation of how the technology developed, and after reading Closed Captioning, you will never again take the technology for granted and you will clearly understand its role as a communication medium."

"Downey's historical approach sheds light on the origins of innovations born of practical necessity that are driving current media trends."