While the value of preserved voices can be extended into the fields of political or religious oration and musical entertainment, the practice has its greatest importance in remembering loved ones. Although portraits and early photographs e could capture the likeness of a person, the phonograph allowed for the preservation of a much more comprehensive record, which could include their emotions, their unique speaking style, and a more personalized message. There is more sentimental value in a recording versus an image because a recording seems much more lifelike – one would interact with an image in a different way than one would interact with a person, but one could listen to a recording and interact with it in a very similar way to how they would with the actual speaker. As the novelty of recordings wears off and as recording technologies become a more omnipresent factor in society, it seems almost as if there is less of an intention to record important moments. Whereas in the recent past when people were limited to bulky and discrete recording equipment – tape recorders, camcorders, cameras, etc. – the same tasks are accomplished today by a smartphone. It seems as if by making technology more capable and more accessible, it has become less novel and lacks intentional use. In the past, one might have intentionally recorded home videos to remember and make a comprehensive representation their child’s youth or a major life event, but today, when every person has a device and every device has a camera and microphone, we rely on making shorter and less comprehensive records as an effortless by-product of communication or social media posts.