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Finally! We find out what Oscar is so mad about - VIDEO

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 12th 2008 1:01PM
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The facts are these: In The Office webisodes that have been airing over the past couple of weeks, Oscar has been pissed. He showed up to work and had an outburst on his cell phone in front of everyone. It sounded like a lovers' quarrel, but Oscar refused to tell anyone what he was so angry about.

Oscar has always seemed like one of the more intelligent, reasonable Dunder-Mifflin employees, so I find it completely mind-boggling that he thinks he can scream at someone in the middle of his crowded office, not tell anyone what the deal was, and expect them to respect his privacy. He works in an office. These people have nothing else going on in their lives.

In this week's webisode, the Dunder-Mifflin employees beat it out of him and we finally find out what the deal is with Oscar's outburst.

The video is posted below. Take a look and we'll discuss afterward:

So... the cable guy. What do you guys think about that? When I originally watched these, I had a suspicion that it would turn out to be something like that, so the big reveal was a little bit of a letdown for me. At first, when he was telling everyone about his trials with the cable company, I kind of thought he was lying; that he was just telling everyone the story of the cable guy to get them off his back and that he would do his interview and reveal the real, more interesting story. But, uh, I guess not.

Watching it again though, I can see how Oscar would be the type to overreact to something like this. Although dealing with the cable company is beyond annoying, as someone who moves once or twice a year, I can tell you that yelling isn't going to get you anywhere. In any case, I agree with Kelly: Oscar should win the Academy award for Best Over-reactor.

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Write your congressman.

The reason there are closed captions are LAWS. They just don't apply to the internet-streaming. YET. (I think - little googling told me nothing different).

So get it done yourself. Demand it. It's your right.

It's the same with barrier free websites. Flash kills the internet for people with disabilites and CSS is the better alternative. Finally Adobe decided to integrate more features into flash to be able to program sites toward being barrier free, but so many designers simply don't think about the not insignificant number of people who then simply can't use the page because they can't navigate anywhere.

Like before with ramps for wheelchairs, raised train stations and buses with lowered floors you have to demand for people to do something for you. The simple reason internet designers don't make barrier free pages is the added costs which the owners of the website aren't willing to pay. Tell them you won't buy their products online because you can't. It's as simple (and problematic) as that.

December 12 2008 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I don't watch webisodes because there's no subtitles nor captions. But I DO know how Oscar feels in regards with cable company.

Good god, 5 appts came and gone without cableman showing up to turn the switch on for the family package outside my house for my cable box. 5 TIMES! 5th time's the charm apparently. Sigh. And oh, internet connection has winked out more than I can count...

December 12 2008 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to skytalon's comment

thank you - good to know that I am not the only one out there being left out in the rush to web videos that completely ignore users with disabilities.

There are some pretty disturbing trends out there that have the potential to erase some of the progress that has been made to make media accessible to all, such as the many HD channels that refuse to broadcast closed captions and the aforementioned trend to online video.

December 12 2008 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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