Oral history

Oral History: Advantages and disadvantages
  • This is a great way to save undocumented history that might be endangered or is about to extinct.
  • It can give voice to people who cannot write as well themselves, and people whose stories are not documented in other ways.
  • People telling their own stories also give their perspectives on the topic.
  • Audio or visual history told by an involved person gives the closest representation to a particular time or period even after 50 and 100 years.
  • History in audio or visual gives another dimension that text might not give.
  • Documenting a history of several decades in audio or video is time saving rather than writing 50 years of history.
  • A useful way of documenting the past to give an overview of a topic, person, thing, period or phenomena.
  • An excellent tool for people who cannot read to know the history
  • The interview object might lose his/ her memory.
  • The accuracy of the details might be weakened.
  • The interview object might tell what they wished to gain rather than what they gained in reality.
  • Some will only talk about positive achievements and avoid talking about setbacks and challenges.
  • Oral history might create a selective history.

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