30 years from now, oral history collected through TV interviews and online resources will be incredibly valuable, but can also carry certain biases. Historians have to ensure that the interpretations are accurate and untainted.
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Most of history is derived from government documents, transcripts, newspaper articles, and recently, from digital data. Oral history, a tradition from the old, pre-written cultures are often crucial in providing a holistic, rich, and complete picture of a historical event.
Oral histories (and even personal journals) sometimes answer questions that aren’t found in the official texts, about the inner motivations and discarded facts that may be important.
Currently, epidemiologists, doctors, researchers, and other experts are busy studying the new virus and the ongoing pandemic.
Historians would be compiling stuff and in the next few decades, will start studying about this event, putting it in a historical context. Future historians have not lived through this ongoing crisis, and they will be the ones who would be actively studying it and making it available in the form of history to the world.
As seen in World War II, the letters that the young women pilots wrote to their families revealed stories that were not recorded anywhere else.
It also shows how the writer is affected by the events, their hopes and fears, and how the context of events changes, when big events do not matter and small ones are life-changing. These heartfelt letters provided deep insights about the time to historians.
Personal Journals are vital sources of first-hand information.
Apart from being valuable to historians, journaling helps us in many ways like reducing anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression, according to health professionals.
History comes out of an archive, not a library.
Voyeurism, something that was a reality much before reality TV and Instagram stories have always been part of human instinct, and are often illicit or sexual in nature.
Social media, reality TV and entertainment sections of mainstream media have turned us all into voyeurs. The pandemic has increased our average time spent online, where we are consuming information news and updates, more and more curious about what is happening with others.
During World War II, the BBC broadcasted upbeat music in factories twice a day to see if it might step up the pace of work and get the military what they needed. It worked. One report stated that the output at a factory increased by 12,5-15%.
Since then, music has started to play an important role in productivity.
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