Friday, July 25, 2008
Strange But True
When I was in college I took a radio station class which was a lot of fun. At one point my teacher asked some of the students, myself included, to record a script he gave us. It was just a list of statements most of which were totally innocuous like, "I enjoy listening to music" although I recall that, "I like Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol" seemed hilarious to me for some reason. The reason he'd asked specific students to do this was we had voices that were stereotypical of certain groups; black, white, male, female, etc. They spliced the recordings together and used them as part of the battery of psychological testing applicants needed to pass in order to get jobs as police or firefighters in Sonoma county. I never found out exactly how the recording was used in the testing process but I still find it funny that somehow my voice was supposed to help measure someones sanity. Clearly they don't know me very well.