Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas: Melody Huerta

A big part of oral history in my opinion is the thoughtful answers that someone can get about a specific experience. Regardless of if that experience felt the same to everyone is what is important when it comes to oral history. The point is to hear what that specific person felt in that moment. For this assignment I read chapter two of “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything” by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. Where in which they talk about the wasteful and expensive nature of launching a rocket into space and what can be done to create reusable rockets and improve on the technology in general. What I think this has to do with oral histories is that it matters to keep all the mistakes we have made to remember and improve on them.

Soonish : Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve And/or Ruin Everything pg 19

Having rockets as they are now is not diminished by new technologies that are occuring now but are used as a starting point. Being able to track our progress in technologies is important but with oral histories it is also important to understand what the public feels about things like this. Technological advancements in reality have a lot to do with the people they are created to serve. Getting someones opinion on a social issue right now as time passes slowly to us. But in the future listening being able to see how directly technology can affect a person is just as important as the technology itself.

The person that I would like to interview for my project would have to be my younger brother. I have always been interested in the way that people younger than me or in different stages of life use technology. In particular I wanted to talk about the pressures of being digitally literate in the time and place we live in now. Often times I feel that I did not receive much education on things that some take for granted these days. Being able to use a computer is something that I was expected to know but I feel my age group was sort of left to figure that out on our own. Now I have noticed that being able to access a laptop and being able to use and understand technology is something that has been implemented into different parts of public schooling.  Another person going along with the idea of digital literacy that I could talk to is one of my parents. Not only are they lacking in digital literacy when it comes to using different mediums and softwares but they also grew up in a different time and country. Maybe even before asking questions about their experience with all things digital explain to them what digital literacy even is. So I think it would be interesting to here how digital literacy has changed over the years and how it varies from country to country. Having digital literacy for all different types of groups is important because whether its accessible to people or not it still will effect everyone.


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