Final Reflection: Ryan Ferrell

For my final reflection for DTC 201, I chose to listen to the oral history projects from Emily Bruckner, Christian Solovey, and Jenna Walker.

Emily Bruckner –  She interviewed her father, Brian Bruckner, about the comparison of traditional lecture classes back in the 90s, compared to educational technology in the present day. Some themes I found were lectures, online classes, and e-books. I believe that the most interesting and relevant (to me) part of the interview is when he talks about the lack of interaction in lectures online compared to traditional in-person lectures. This usage of technology makes it simple to get lecture recordings of your professors explaining the topic, but there is no chance for immediate interaction to ask questions or anything. Although, office hours are comparable and similar, while e-books have made reading textbooks so much more accessible, allowing you to read in many settings. This is a great oral history, talking about the change in learning styles between generations as technology advances.

Christian Solovey – He interviewed DJ Tommy Gunz about the change of musical DJ equipment from the 90s to present day. Some themes I found were mixing boards, music selection, and music storage. What I found most interesting and relevant to the context of the interview was how in the 90s, they were limited to two records and mixing off those, the instrumentals and lyrics; while today, we have computers that store all the music, instrumentals, beats, lyrics, etc. that can be used to mix music. So, the combination of music is boundless. This is a great oral history, going back and forth, comparing modern music technology to that of the past.

Jenna Walker – She interviewed her grandma about the evolution of literary technology. from the 50s and 60s to the present day. Some themes I recognized were hand writing, typewriters, and computers. What I found most interesting relevant was the change from having to review your writing, spellcheck it, and hand change something to being able to have instant spellcheck, grammar check, and you can just highlight it and either select a change or quickly make the change yourself. This is a good oral history, representing the change of how typing and the process of creating literary art had changed and become more sufficient.

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