Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas: Ashley Cole

For this assignment, I read the chapter of Soonish which focuses on augmented reality. When I first chose this section, I did not really even know what this meant; I just thought that it sounded like an interesting topic to learn more about. It turns out that augmented reality as well as virtual reality are ways to change what we see, hear, and smell. Virtual reality refers to a complete change of environment, virtually of course, while augmented reality is the addition of certain things to a reality in which we already exist.

This topic could relate to oral history in the sense that when people go through life using technological devices which skew their perception of reality, we have to question the authenticity of their oral histories and stories. This does not even have to specifically correlate with the idea of augmented reality but could relate to something as simple as watching television shows. When kids grow up watching a lot of TV, they may not be in tune with the reality of what is going on around them. This is something that is very interesting to think about.

For this project, I would like to interview my dad. Although he is not too much older than I am, he is obviously of a different generation and therefore I think that some of his insights could potentially be very interesting. I would like to talk to him about the type of television set they had and the shows that they watched when he was growing up. I think there is also something to be said about households which only have one TV. He has told me in the past that they just had one in their living room, which was pretty common for that time, and that it forced him to spend more time with his family. I think that this interview could go in a lot of different directions and I just want to see where it takes us.

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