Final Reflection: Milo Larson

In the first interview, Jenna Walker asks her grandmother about her experiences with technology when she was in college. It was interesting hearing what technology was available to her during that time and her transition between typewriter to computer. She explained that tasks took less time to complete once she started using computers. She also mentions how modern technology makes it easier for college students because of the evolution of the computer and opportunity to duplicate and share copies of their work. This is a good example of oral history as it talks about the use of technology related to writing at an age where computers did not exist. Overall the interview was clear and concise, focusing on the topic of typewriters and computers within her grandmothers life. The final product contained smooth transitions between audio clips and clear audio quality making it interesting and fun to listen to.

Luke Schauble choose to interview his father about technologies present within his business. One interesting thing he mentions during the interview is how his job consists of a computer and a cell phone. He claims without these two items he would be unable to conduct his business. He also talks about before the use of internet it was nearly impossible to gain international exposure for his business. It’s interesting how an international contact can be made within a couple of days compared to before the internet where it would take months to reach out to an international client and hear back. Luke address the problems that businesses face with technology including hackers. His dad then gave an example of how his banking information was intercepted and used to negatively impact his business. This is a great example of oral history as it focused on how technology has an impact on the business world. Luke also included a clear introduction and conclusion which helps the audience understand the main ideas of the interviews.

Ashley Cole interviewed her father about the use of telephones throughout his lifetime.It was interesting hearing how he grew up using pay phones and phones that use cords because those are much less common in today’s society. He also mentioned that most stores, including gas stations and grocery stores, contained a pay phone. Her father also talked about how useful pagers were when they came out. This became an effective way to get a hold of someone, as not everyone carried a cell phone during this time. Lastly, he talked about how the Nokia and Motorola cornered the phone market much like Apple does today. This is a good representation of oral history because he talks specifically about phones and how they evolved throughout his lifetime. The interaction between the person being interviewed and the person conducting interview made the interview seem relaxed and flow well.

Overall, these three interview all told stories about technology from different angles. Jenna focused on the evolution of typing and computers back when they were first introduced. Luke focused on developing technology within the business world and how it has its positive and negative impacts. Lastly, Ashley focused on all types of telephones and how they effected her father’s generation before the modern day cellphone. All were good examples of oral history and were well put together.

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