Have you met Ken Behrens yet? He’s all over the internet, and he’s a lockdown legend! In fact, #kenbehrens is so hot right now he has his own hashtag.
So who is Ken Behrens, and why is there so much chatter about him?
Ken Behrens started his life as a typo, but has become a saviour for thousands of Australians battling through COVID-19 lockdowns right now.
Mitch Bowey works in captioning and was tasked with transcribing the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) COVID-19 press conference into text for hearing impaired viewers earlier this month.
Using a combination of voice-to-text software and his own transcription skills, Mitch is one of a team of people who create the closed captions we see at the bottom of our television screens, but on August 13 he missed one critical word: Canberrans.
When ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr thanked Canberra residents for their hard work during the snap lockdown, instead of saying “Canberrans” the caption thanked “Ken Behrens” instead.
Public typos are usually cause for embarrassment – and Mitch was initially mortified when he realised it was his mistake – but Ken Behrens brought so much joy to those stuck at home that his discomfort was short-lived.
Ken Behrens was quickly elevated to superhero status, with his own Twitter account [Link: https://twitter.com/RealKenBehrens], a line of merch [Link: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/85626751] and a new role as a COVID influencer:
ACT Health used Ken’s influence to encourage residents to stay home unless they had an essential reason to leave.
As did ACT Policing.
And Check In CBR techs ensured the newest updates included improvements for Ken.
Of course, Ken Behrens isn’t the first closed captioning mishap – there are hundreds of examples out there, but if you want accurate transcription from a person, not a machine, contact TTP.
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