Welcome to E-talk, a podcast series focused on all things technology and how it impacts our lives and the environment.
In the first episode, the hosts had the pleasure of speaking with Veronica Gonzales, the librarian and archivist for the Diaz-Ayala Latin American music collection at FIU. She specializes in obsolete media and she provided excellent insight into E-waste and where this sort of technology ends up.
Gonzales manages and curates the world’s best Cuban music collection, which has over 150,000 items and is valued at over $1 million, all donated by Cristobal Diaz-Ayala. Gonzales spoke about the importance of storing outdated formats and how having access to this tech can make us feel connected to our ancestry and understand how their life was at the time.
The discussion also covers how rapidly technology is changing, which is causing early obsolescence, such as the CD, which was very relevant just 15 years ago but is now considered nearly obsolete.
Stephanie Harrigan is a senior at Florida International University pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Digital Media with a concentration in Digital + Interactive Media. Harrigan has a passion for creativity, storytelling and video production to come to life. She loves working both in front and behind the scenes of production.
Filippa Miller is a senior at Florida International University pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Digital Media with a concentration in Digital + Interactive Media. While being inspired by video production, Filippa is also a part of the track and field team at FIU. She enjoys being creative behind the camera and storytelling.
Stephanie Hernandez is a senior at Florida International University and is on her way to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Communication and Media with a minor in Social Media and E-Marketing Analytics. Stephanie likes to watch films in her free time and hopes to either work in the film and television industry, or in social media marketing. She hopes to express her creativity and passion for production on the screen and behind the screen.