Is oral tradition a dying art?


As the holidays approach and we, the slightly older crowd, reflect on the past it brings to mind some interesting questions. Does technology help or hurt?

I know that I have recently posted about remembering a loved, and now gone, horse-asking how you remembered yours. I know that I personally went on a small quest to find video footage of the long past rides we had shared…even if it was just a short clip from a friend at a show. My Mom reminisced that she only has one photo that is any good of the horse she had while I was growing up.

But as I tell my kids stories, even just the silly day to day stories of things that I saw happen in the barn, I notice how they light up. Sure I could have captured the moment with my iPhone when Scrapper and Twinky were biting each other in a game of who could annoy who more…but would it have really captured the moment? Or as I laugh and  get excited about trying to recreate this for my children do I bring more to the table than the iPhone?


  1. ashley on December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    It’s funny I was talking about this the other— I find as I am trying to capture the moment on my phone, I actually miss the moment and only get to relive it on the phone. I feel like I miss a lot and usually cannot retell the story so just show the video which sometimes misses some anyways.

  2. Shirley on December 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I think technology has it’s place, but the human brain is infinitely more important than a piece of gadgetry- and human interactions instead of apps.
    Last year at Christmas, instead of sitting at a table together and playing scrabble, my neice and nephew and their mom were all sprawled in different places and playing scrabble on their phones. I found it quite disconcerting.
    One of my fondest childhood memories is all us kids sitting in a circle around dad as he told us stories.

  3. Lindsay on December 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I think you’ll bring more to the table everytime. Gadgetry.. is nice and somewhat needed. I find that my mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. Numbers that were imprinted in my brain because they were important to me, now sometimes don’t mean as much because i can rely on the memory in my phone. Nice .. !! but not so good for my aging brain !! On the flip side… telling the stories first, and then flippng out the iphone with a funny pic works too !!

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