Journal Week 13

In the article, “That’s Not What I Said,” it was an interesting point when the author discussed that sometimes for the interviewer it is important to remember how the interview went and that can help you remember the interview. People can identify with a story based on how the story is told. In order to understand why or how someone is retelling a story, you have to understand their thought process. From the authors explanation of the events of the story, or the sub-context of the story, an interviewer has a difficult task in analyzing the importance of a seemingly unimportant event. This is important because sometimes the interviewee does not think a particular event is important, but the job of the interviewer is to dissect this and find the importance.

The article, “Oral History Theory,” was a dense reading with a lot of information. Like “That’s Not What I Said,” the author informs the interviewer needs to understand the historical significance of the topic in which she/he is interviewing. The interviewer is assigned with the task to find out how and why something is said. Everything has importance, even if it may not seem that way. Oral history is all about interpreting, and the interviewer has to be careful not to interpret something in a biased fashion. The theory of oral history is just as important as the information because in order to extract the important information one needs to understand the theories and how to get the important information out of the interviewee.

All of the readings this week were related. They all go over why interviews are important and why the methods to interviewing are just as important to obtain valuable information in your interviews.


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