This week’s readings seem more practical than theoretical, but there were two things that caught my attention in the Knight reading.
First, it was always drilled into my head that one should never rely on audio recordings for interviews, because sooner or later something will go wrong and you’ll be out of luck. Even if the batteries are fresh and the record light is on, you sometimes have to ask: Does the microphone have a switch on it? Is it plugged into the right jack? Does the input have a volume control? Does the device have a monitoring feature where everything looks right but nothing is actually being recorded? etc, etc.
Knight mentions that having two recorders saves time on duplicating tapes, but it’s also good insurance. In any case, in any interview I try to take notes as if it’s all I’ll have to rely on later, even if there is a tape recorder running.
Second thing — on the subject of transcriptions, I was wondering if anyone has had experience with dictation software, and if any of it is any good? What with Siri and all, it seems like something software engineers have been working on a lot in the last few years. It would be really interesting to try writing with speech, too.