Realistic effort to record story, place, and memory remains crucial to a narrators sense of past, present, and future storytelling. The ability to perform memory during sound recording starts with keystone interview questions to help promote memory recall: the speaker speaks, the listener listens and inquires further, 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 and memory storage upgrades. I believe that new home within digital archives, including community access over the internet, continues to develop and improve the shared ability to record stories, narratives, and memory. For instance, digital recordings later reproduced to listener, researcher, and audience creates a viable potential for learning across the connected globe, and perhaps with the spoken insight of a shared community narrative.
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 or historian 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 unlimited resources when a shared community interest tells a story to become recorded witness of a collective retelling of personal and public memory.