A realistic effort to record story, place, and memory remains crucial to a narrator’s sense of past, present, and future storytelling. To perform memory during sound recording starts with keystone interview questions to help promote memory recall: the speaker speaks, the listener listens, inquires further, and a story unfolds.
Oral History has not been antiquated; more so, a social psychology dyad interview approach of discovery, attention, and content management has been recently intensified through technology and widespread use of recording devices.
I believe that a new home within digital archives –– including community access over the internet –– continues to develop and improve our ability to record stories, narratives, and memory. For instance, digital recordings later reproduced to listener, researcher, and audience creates viable potentials for learning across the connected globe, and perhaps with spoken insights of shared community narratives.
For an example of oral history’s new direction link to the Oral History In the Digital Age website which includes an excellent Online Oral History Collection wiki list. Without these narrators, access such as this could not exist.
Content provided within and during narrator stories demand interpretation by wider audiences than academic interviewers, sound technicians, and transcribers. Today’s sound and memory recordings are much more easily constructed thanks to technology, and our shared human ability to interact and record experience.
Representation, for a short time, becomes recorded presentation of memory. In my view, interpretation and content are an unlimited resource when shared community interests tell stories, and together become recorded witnesses of collective retellings of personal and public memory.