Final Reflection: Emily Bruckner

The first oral history I listened to was Zachary Larson’s. In his interview, Larson interviewed Blake Gurney, who I believe was a young father judging by some of the responses he gave. Larson’s main subject had to do with the progression of cameras that Gurney had witnessed over his lifetime. In Gurney’s responses, he mentioned that in the past, most households only owned one camera, that was generally used sparingly and was often only used for special events. Today, however, he mentioned that almost everyone has access to cameras and documentation is frequent and almost inevitable in our daily lives. Gurney related a sense of apprehension of the amount of documentation we are exposed to today, in what we search for, listen to, post online, and record. He believes that a measure of privacy and freedom we had in the past has been lost to us today. I also particularly enjoyed the subject’s response to how the technology will progress over the years. He talked about how applications in VR may one day serve as corrective lenses for individuals with impaired eyesight.  These subjects were what I found to be most interesting and relevant for the progression of the technology over the years. These topics gave straight answers to the questions that were needed to relate an adequate history of this technology covered. This interview had a logical progression to it, and it covered some interesting viewpoints. I believe this is a good example of what an oral history should be; it gives a straight forward account of how technology has transformed over the years, through the subject’s perspective, and how he believes it will be altered in the future.

The second oral history I listened to was by Tori Bredy, who was interviewing her mom Patty. The editing work that Tori did, I thought was very good, her audio levels were great, and her song choice was perfect, it being a very relaxed song that was not abrasive or distracting. As far as the content, the most interesting and relevant topic was the change that Tori’s mom saw in regards to computers, in both their technology and use. Patty talked about how, when she was first introduced to computers, they were huge, slightly impractical things, that presumably not everyone was able to use or even own. She then spoke of the advancements that have been made with computers and how this generation has become highly proficient at manipulating and improving their devices. In Patty’s work and in the education of her students, the technology she uses has helped her to be more efficient and skilled in her work and more connected to her students. In all, I think her interview showed the progression of computers very well and in a positive light. It also went into great detail about how exactly it improved Patty’s professional life, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a great example of an oral history, because it deals with the progression of technology over the years as seen by someone of an older generation than the interviewer.

The final oral history I listened to was created by Issaya Saleumsay, who interviewed his mother Leisa. During the interview, the most relevant topics that I picked up on, were the progression in style and size of phones and how different generations use them. Lesia talked about the progression from the heavy brick phone of her childhood to the slim and sleek iPhones of today, she also predicted that phones will become increasingly portable, opting for even smaller, more translucent and minimalistic designs. She also related how her generation uses phones primarily for business and convenience as compared with the younger generation, who use them more for social media and entertainment purposes. In all, this was a good interview about the progression of phones over the years, and how it influences both older and younger generations. This interview was a good example of an oral history due to the relation of the progression of technology over the years through the eyes of an individual of an older generation.         

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