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Don’t Hate, Appreciate

Normally I don't have trouble with technology, but Audition gave me some serious problems.

It wasn't so much the actual workings of the program -- everything was great, no glitches or anything. No, the drama I had was with saving my progress, which was what I least expected could go wrong. I took all the steps that were necessary -- saving the file into my Userdirs folder as soon as possible, saving my progress every time I had the chance. It never seemed to matter, though, because the next day I would log on to a Mac and it wouldn't be there anymore! Only on the third try did I finally triumph in saving it in the right place where it would stay.

Although this was inefficient, time-consuming, and downright frustrating, completing the rough editing over and over again gave me the opportunity to hear the Moores' story multiple times and understand their struggle with racism and discrimination against interracial marriage. One particular quote from Thom has not left my brain since Monday:

I remember when I was twelve years old, my mom said to me, “Hey, Thom, let’s go downtown,” downtown Pittsburgh, “We’ll have a birthday celebration,” “birthday lunch,” and I said, “Great” so she says, “You can go anywhere you want” and so I picked a restaurant to go into and she said, “Oh, but we can’t go there because they won’t serve us.” That was a shock to me. I didn’t know what that meant.


Now let's get serious for a moment. People casually make racist jokes every day. They talk about race like it's nothing. Many of those people take for granted the progress that the United States has made toward equality in the last century. What they don't realize is that it was ten times worse not too long ago. It wasn't uncommon for people to be kicked out of public buildings and areas just because of their race. What Thom said made me think hard about this, and while I'm not saying that we should pity every African-American person we see, I do think that we should be a little more considerate of them and the things that we say.

On a completely different note, I have to say that I did not expect that finishing my rough editing three times would have any benefits for me, other than the extra practice with Audition. Maybe we all should listen to our assigned interviews a few times and see what insight comes from it.

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Extraordinary Ordinary

One of my favorite things about working on the Right to Marry documentary is the insights it gives me into the lives of people I would never look twice at. The way we are often taught history, we are led to believe that only larger than life individuals change the course of history, but this is hardly true. History is carried forward on the backs of the ordinary, as I've learned, not by necessarily by those in positions of power. I was just recently editing an interview we conducted about an interracial couple. Though they themselves were not active advocates for interracial marriage, they're open-mindedness helped to change the opinions of others around them, who would in turn spread tolerance farther and farther. Though we wouldn't think of the couple as particularly important historically, they nonetheless had an impact on the people around them.

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Rough Editing

I just finished my first rough editing assignment, and I thought it was really fun. At first, it took me a while to figure out how to use the software, but once I got the hang of it, it went by really quickly. I enjoyed reading back through the stories selected for rough editing because they are all so interesting and I didn't have a chance to look at all of them before editing. Overall, I really enjoyed editing and I'm excited for the next step - radio spots.

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Rough Editing Was Pretty Rough (at first)

Today, I finally finished my rough editing for the Right to Marry Project. I was assigned one interview with thirteen selected stories within it. These stories were chosen for some outstanding quality they had - be it heartwrenching, astounding, appalling, relatable, etc. I really enjoyed hearing these stories, which were extremely touching and got me thinking. Over the summer, there wasn't too much work for the Right to Marry Project, but listening to the audio and manipulating it really got me back in my oral history groove. To do the rough editing, we used Adobe Audition, which looks pretty daunting when you first look at it. Thankfully, the project leaders provided us with very detailed and helpful instructions (shoutout!) that helped a lot. I also worked with Rima and Sankhya, two other R2M interms, and teamwork made the dream work. We all helped each other through our clumsy first time using this complicated software. It took me about 40 min to just understand what was going on and edit my first story. Once I got the hang of it, it got a lot easier. I was able to do the other 12 stories in 45 minutes. Rough editing was really hard at first, but once I understood it, it became fun! I'm not very tech-savvy, and being able to cut and edit audio makes me feel like I have technological superpowers. I'm really glad that I learned this new skill and I had a lot of fun. I'm so excited for our next step in the Right to Marry project! 

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