Variations of human memories

From project conceptualization, to fieldwork, and, especially, through the writing process. Collaborative ethnography invites commentary from our consultants and seeks to make that commentary overtly part of the ethnographic text as it develops (Lassiter, 2005). In other words, no matter what the research, observing, filming, interviewing and surveying people once collaborated can give a greater understanding of a person’s behaviours and the reasons behind them.

When interviewing my mother, I realised how different our lives were growing up around the television. Where the TV in her home might have been a bit more of a novelty, I spent my childhood trying to get in as much TV as I could before and after school.

But this is obviously not a complete story of how people view their relationship with their Televisions. To get a better picture of this, I have had a brief look at the blogs of two other students who were also interviewing their families about their memories of the televisions.

One student, a child of the 90’s, remembers “when I was 3 and 4 where they would hear me jump out of bed early on a Saturday morning, waddle down the hallway to the lounge room where I would poke the button on the face of the TV before plonking myself on the lounge” (Forbes, 2016)

Another student interviewed her father who reminisced about watching man walk on the moon for the first time in black and white. I remember gran not believing it; “It’s not true, it’s just not true” (Hall, 2016)


By looking at how people from different families remember their lives, or the lives of their children, you can get a greater understanding of the differences in what people can remember. Where my mother barely remembered a life with the TV and could only picture maybe watching something from Disney, another parent had strong memories of seeing a man landing on the moon, while another student remembered how they would try and sneak in a few episodes of Pokemon before their parents awoke.

Human nature is incredibly different, and we all have a different way of viewing our world. So it makes a lot of sense that to capture the realities of the lives of everyday people that we look at it from multiple angels.


Forbes, J 2016, BCM240 WEEK 2 – TELEVISION, Sitting Wishing Waiting, Viewed August  21

Hall, S 2016, Nostalgia in Television, Sash Hall, Viewed 21 August 2016, <;

Lassiter, L E 2005, Defining a Collaborative Ethnography, The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography, pp 15-24




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