In Deb Roy’s “The Birth of a Word”, we see the amazing and frightening uses of technology, and the relationship it has with our language. This particular family in this video decided that they wanted to understand how their child learned to speak. They chose to record every moment of their lives adding up to an unexplainable amount of video. When you hear that a family is recording their entire life and everything you do in it, the idea seems crazy. But, as you watch on you see the magnificent findings that this family has. The family focused all their attention on the newborn and used an outrageous amount of technology to track his development. Everything from colors, to movements, to communication was tracked and the outcome is absolutely incredible. In the video, we are able to see the amazing development of the word water and its crazy to think that we even have the ability to track it.
When you first think of a family recording their entire life, including visitors, friends, other family members, you immediately think they’re insane (at least i did). However, as this video goes on, you can see the pure passion that this father has for finding his child’s development of language. All the thoughts of insanity, craziness, etc. go out the window when we realize that beauty that technology has given us. Not one thing has been left out of this study. There was no room for mistakes, and nothing was left misplaced. The technology that is used in this experiment i’m sure is extraordinary and extremely difficult to decode, but the passion and discovery makes it all seem so simple and worth while.
At the beginning of The Birth of a Word, Deb Roy states imagine if you could record your life, your memories, everything available in a little memory store so you could go back and relive memorable moments and sift through patterns in your own life that had previously gone undiscovered. Roy takes this statement, and brings it to life. We constantly see how technology evolves each year and see how much it allows us to discover. Why not take advantage of this evolution and use it to its fullest, just as Deb Roy did?