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2020-11-23T14:44 [writing/fragment age/university]

Monday 08 Feb 2010

Reading Response:

Friedlander and Lee 133-157; Kramer and Call 28-35


Today’s readings taught us about interviewing: how to find out who you are interviewing, how to manage interviewing appointments, how to make a friend within 240 seconds, how to keep them talking and asking the right questions. It also had a discussion on audio recordings.


The first major point that caught my eye was the idea of making a friend within 240 seconds. When put in those figures, is appears to be both a large number and an intimidatingly little amount of time. Make a friend, a true friend, may take months; to get very comfortable terms with that same person takes a very long day at the very least.

Two hundred and forty seconds…that’s barely enough time to properly reheat frozen food, let alone to make a complete stranger a friend.

But then I began thinking about it, and I came up with two examples:

Last week I was helping out a friend of mine, Mary, move into her new apartment, two doors above mine. One of those nights, another friend of hers was helping as well. His name was Ben, and I knew I wasn’t going to like him within the first 240 seconds I met him. He reminded me of someone that I’m not on good terms with now, one of those people that insult to amuse themselves, even if it isn’t a mutual experience. I got a “bad vibe” from him.

Before the Ben episode, I was studying abroad in Costa Rica. One of the last nights my class was there, a complete stranger appeared in my host family’s house. He was Peter, the man from Munich. I ended up walking with him and his other German friend Alex all the way to a chicken shop, which was closed. I didn’t know the man at all, but I made quick friends with him.

…so, even from the last month, I’ve already learned how quickly friendships can be formed.


The other thing that I noticed about the articles was the discussion about the audio recorders. As I was reading the text, it became obvious to me that they were describing analogue tape machines. This book was published in 2007. Are analogue tapes still the industry standard? What about digital?

I personally have a digital recorder. Sure, it’s old, has the USB cord missing, and I no longer have the program disk for it, but hey, it still works…

I picked up the thing, and tried to turn it on. No response.

I open up the battery door, and I find that one of the batteries leaked blue powdery corrosion all on the inside of the unit.

Oops, I guess I left that thing sitting unused for too long. Nothing a new, unleaky pair of AAAs won’t fix.

A 6-pack and more than $5 later the damn thing still won’t turn on.

Oh well. Nothing a pad of paper and a pen with ink won’t fix.