Microsoft 2014 Super Bowl Commercial: Empowering
Publication/Creation DateFebruary 2 2014
Description[Video Description: Microsoft's 2014 Super Bowl commercial which features a montage of disabled people using various types of assistive technologies or prosthetics, such as former NFL player Steve Geason using eye tracking software to type, a young boy with two prosthetic legs walking an obstacle course and hitting a baseball, an older man using software to create digital art, a man in the military remotely watching his baby being born via a video call, a young woman hearing for the first time after having her cochlear implant turned on, and Steve Gleason again with his son sitting on his lap.
These images appear alongside text and computerized speech that says, "what is technology?", "what can it do?", "how far can we go?", "technology has the power to unite us", "technology has taken us places that we can only dream", "it gives hope to the hopeless", and "it has given voice to the voiceless"].
Bonnie Tucker analyzes this ad in her essay "Technocapitalist Disability Rhetoric", and asserts that the rhetoric used in the video "casts Microsoft as the hero in an ableist narrative of overcoming disability".
, Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Date archivedFebruary 24 2018
Last editedNovember 24 2020