Tracking the Changing Ways We Talk in the COVID-19 Era

The MI Diaries project was featured in this March 3, 2021 story by Pia Araneta for LitHub.

The voice notes are intimate, as diaries naturally are. One person describes having to celebrate Pride week online rather than at their friend’s drag show, as in previous years. Some people express anxiety in advance of the U.S. election. For others, you can hear heavy-hearted sighs as they speak about racial injustice and protests. The diary entries, as a whole, accomplish a purpose beyond language documentation, tracking historical social changes that have coincided with the pandemic. 

Pia Areneta

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