Lining up ducks

Open your favorite magazine or web magazine: Spin, Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Us, Seventeen. Which celebrity is being interviewed in the latest issue?

Turn on the television to a crime drama: CSI, Law and Order, or NCIS. See if you notice the cops or lawyers interviewing witnesses and suspects.

Even the Internet offers its version of the interview with IM and Chat rooms.

Interviews are a primary source that provides a unique perspective and level of interaction that other research lacks. Conducting a good interview is not as easy as it looks, though, which is why good interviewers make a lot of money. What those people know is that the secret to a good interview is in the preparation. In this activity, you are going to go face to face with someone in your life who is part of a unique subculture. Your goal is to focus the interview so you can dig up all the dirt you can on their subculture, using all you have learned about the aspects of cultures and subcultures.

First, find someone interesting who represents a subculture.

Once you have an interview subject in mind, follow these steps for preparing an interview:

  • The name of the person and subculture (subject) of your interview.
  • A list of 10 facts (your interview subject may not agree with these) about the subculture from your research (not from the interview).
  • A list of 10 facts (your interview subject may not agree with these either) about the person you will interview.
  • A list of 10 open-ended focused interview questions in the order you plan to present them.