Audiobiography: A Sonic Memoir of the 1960s

John F. Barber

Politics, civil rights, women's rights, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, nuclear war, culture wars, space exploration, and popular culture provided the backdrop for my experiences in the 1960s. For me, the '60s were a time very much given to rhetoric(s): political posturing, antiwar chants, reports of victory and death, self-expression, and music unlike any ever previously heard. If not through personal experience, I could hear these rhetorical messages via radio and television broadcasts. "Audiobiography: A Sonic Memoir of the 1960s" combines samples of these messages with personal narrative about how sonic rhetorics shaped my life during the 1960s. More broadly, this work investigates how sonic rhetorics might help create complicated and compelling audio biographies.

Kennedy giving speech to Congress

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John F. Barber teaches in The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. This work evolves from his interest in sound as the basis for digital storytelling, especially geo-locative narrative and Internet radio. Desired results are engagement and immersion. Thanks for reading/listening.
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