Each interview takes approximately one hour, though participants vary and are encouraged to answer only what they wish.
While I encourage all interviewees to speak to what comes to mind or what they would like to be used for the project, I use a standard list of questions to start the conversation and inspire thought. Standard questions are also important to achieving a cohesive narrative as well as good practice in comparative ethnography.
Technology is defined in this project as any machinery or equipment developed by the application of scientific knowledge, and includes the car, television, radio, space travel, computers, etc.
- What is your full name?
- What is your current address (so I can send you a Thank You letter)?
- When were you born?
- Where were you born?
- Where have you lived?
- What was your childhood like?
- What was your favorite pastime?
- What has changed since then?
- What occupations have you held?
- How has technology affected you?
- How do you think technology is affecting us?
- How do you think it’s affecting our youth?
- What have we lost to technology?
- What have we gained? -or- What are you excited about?
- Is there anything else do you think people should know / would you like to say?