A realistic effort to record story, place, and memory remains crucial to narrator sense of past, present, and future story telling. The ability to perform memory during sound recording continues with keystone interview questions to help promote memory recall: the speaker speaks, the listener listens and makes humble further inquiry, a story unfolds.
Oral History has not been antiquated; more so its 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. A new home within digital memory archives, and community access over the internet, continues to develop and improve our ability to record stories, narratives, and memory. For instance, recordings marked digitally and later reproduced to listener, researcher, and audience makes viable the potential for learning across the connected globe and spoken with the insight of a shared community narrative.
Examples 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.
Content provided within and during narrator stories demand interpretation by wider audiences than academic or life historian interviewers, sound technicians, and transcribers. Today’s sound and memory recordings are 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 shared community interest tells a story and becomes recorded witness to collective retelling(s) of personal and public memory.
Narrators and Storytellers: Thank you for contributing your time to interviewers whose questions, thoughts and comments help to inspire your story.