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The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman concludes: The Magician’s Land, reviewed.
Very good review of Grossman books which posits that Julia and Alice are the real heroes of the books. Fighting your way through adversity is the real challenge, not trying to stuff your life into a nicely ordered narrative.
book  review  fantasy  story-telling  story  narrative  gender  heroism 
april 2016 by tsuomela
Neverending stories
"The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre By Jack Zipes (Princeton, £19.95) Grimm Tales: For Young and Old By Philip Pullman (Penguin Classics, £20) Long Ago and Far Away: Eight Traditional Fairy Tales Introduction by Marina Warner (Hesperus Press, £10)"
books  review  fairy-tale  story-telling  narrative  myths 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Narratomania | berfrois
"In my view, stories are important not because they make us behave morally but because, on the one hand, they encourage us to confront the barrier between the imaginative and actual universe and, on the other, they discourage us from adopting a literalist view of this universe."
narrative  story-telling  non-fiction  publishing  habit  media  television  framing  personality 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012 | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
"These numbers make this as negative a campaign as PEJ has seen since it began monitoring the master narratives about candidates in press coverage in presidential campaigns in 2000. Only one campaign has been comparable-2004 when coverage was filled with the controversy over the war in Iraq, the prison scandal at Abu Ghraib and the Swift Boat documentaries. "
president  campaign  election  2012  rhetoric  media  journalism  narrative  character  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
"Now, dear readers, comes the aftermath. The dust left over from the climax is settling. Kishōtenketsu has been shown to generate plot without conflict, which reveals as insular nonsense the West’s belief that they are inseparable. The repercussions of this extend to all writing
narrative  culture  east-west  deconstruction  theory  literature  structure  plot  conflict  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Can Hydras Eat Unknown-Unknowns for Lunch?
"The general idea behind the Hydra narrative in a broad sense (not just what Taleb has said/will say in October) is that hydras eat all unknown unknowns (not just Taleb’s famous black swans) for lunch. I have heard at least three different versions of this proposition in the last year. The narrative inspires social system designs that feed on uncertainty rather than being destroyed by it. Geoffrey West’s ideas about superlinearity are the empirical part of an attempt to construct an existence proof showing that such systems are actually possible." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2012/03/22/can-hydras-eat-unknown-unknowns-for-lunch
uncertainty  risk  trends  history  technology  innovation  narrative  terrorism  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Environmental Studies Capstone: An Early Sketch | Easily Distracted
"What I have in mind right now is that in the first half the students will investigate what I would call “big narratives” about the underlying causes of political and social debate about climate change, and build up what I’ve imagined as a series of flow charts built around each of these big narratives. Each week in the first part of the course, I want all of students to participate in a scavenger hunt looking for what they consider to be influential, successful or intriguing examples of a particular narrative: books, online discussions, organizations, political campaigns, advertisements, and so on. "
environment  courses  narrative  controversy  global-warming 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Aqueduct - Narrative Power
.In this collection of essays, edited by L. Timmel Duchamp, narrative power is examined from sixteen different perspectives. The volume's subtitle—Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles—explains why its essays linger in the mind. Its writers have skin in the game. Many of their insights have that bittersweet flavor peculiar to autobiographical accounts.
book  publisher  narrative  wiscon  story-telling 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Who Says : CJR
And journalism, fundamentally, needs an end point. It needs takeaways and conclusions and here-you-gos. What works in literature (endless context, and therefore endless interpretation and inference) simply does not work in journalism—which, as pragmatic narrative, must come to some resolution in order to achieve its ends. Our obsession, in other words, with authors—with writers’ personal identities, with outlets’ institutional biases, with brands’ political proclivities—has compromised the ability of journalism to be an actor in the world, to be a provider for democracy. It has made news reporting—which, at its best, holds a mirror to society so that we might act upon the image it reflects—into, instead, a hall of mirrors. Infinitely reflective. Infinitely refractive. And infinitely reductive.
journalism  media  news  authority  authorship  institutions  narrative  objectivity  goals  theory 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Networked Learning Design - Occasional rants - Why serious games work - an over-simplified view
So a couple of years ago I produced a very simple little model. It suggests that serious games are great for learning because:
1. They provide motivation
2. They offer varying degrees of simulation
3. They tie experiences together through narration
games  education  e-learning  learning  motivation  narrative  simulation  gaming 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - More Poetry, Please - NYTimes.com
I’ve always believed that Mr. Obama was elected because a majority of Americans fear that we’re becoming a declining great power. Everything from our schools to our energy and transportation systems are falling apart and in need of reinvention and reinvigoration. And what people want most from Washington today is nation-building at home.
america  reform  politics  about(BarackObama)  narrative  story-telling  nation-building  growth  great-power 
november 2009 by tsuomela
In the Good Old Days They Had a Meta-Narrative | The Agonist
Here's the deal: As a culture, we have no over-arching meta-narrative.

Not since John Kennedy challenged Americans to make it to the moon in ten years have Americans had a shared and worthy goal to work toward together.
american  politics  rhetoric  narrative  meta-narrative  goals  mythology  framing  shared 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Fringe leftist losers: wrong even when they're right - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Comment on Tom Ridge, former head of the Dept of Homeland Security, admitting that the terrorist threat level was altered for political gain during the Bush administration. Also asks questions about media complicity with government.
politics  journalism  media  terrorism  media-reform  consensus  narrative  oversight  about(GeorgeBush) 
august 2009 by tsuomela
SSRN-The Mind is an Autocatalytic Vortex by Mark Turner
Blending is indispensable for advanced narrative cognition. In The Literary Mind (1996), I argued that the modern mind derives from our remarkable capacity to deploy a cohort of basic mental operations-story, projection, blending, and parable. These operations are a pack, a troupe, a self-feeding cyclone, an autocatalytic vortex, a breeder reactor, a dynamic heterarchy-choose your metaphor: they labor together. Some of the evidence I presented in The Literary Mind can be misinterpreted, it seems, as suggesting that advanced narrative cognition comes first in the sequence, and that upon this rock the other operations build their conceptual church. My purpose here is to correct that misinterpretation. Mature narrative cognition does not exist without blending. Blending is not a second step.
cognitive-science  mind  story-telling  narrative  psychology  evolution 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: Why You're Stuck in a Narrative
Essentially, the narrative fallacy is our tendency to turn everything we see into a story - a linear chain of cause and effect, with a beginning and an end. Obviously the real world isn't like this - events are complex and interrelated, direct causation is extremely rare, and outcomes are probabilistic. Verbally, we know this - the hard part, as always, is convincing our brain of the fact.
bias  psychology  narrative  story-telling  fallacy  reasoning 
august 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Inoculation as Inuring: Considering Narratives and Counter-narratives
In narrative contexts, inoculation refers to the function that opposing ideas may have in strengthening the ideas they critique. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a classic example: his false cries for help inured (or inoculated) his listeners to real cries
narrative  story-telling  rhetoric  inoculation  change  behavior  emotion 
july 2009 by tsuomela
On the Pew Science Survey, Beware the Fall from Grace Narrative : Framing Science
This traditional fall from grace narrative about science argues for the need to return to a (fictional) point in the past where science was better understood and appreciated by the public...
Yet you would be hard pressed to find this type of rhetoric in the peer-reviewed literature examining public opinion about science, the role of scientific expertise in policymaking, or the relationship between science and other social institutions.
science  public-opinion  perception  declension-narrative  sts  communication  research  narrative 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Clio Bluestocking Tales: Abolition as a Self-Help Movement
More specifically, I find that the students who cling to this achievement narrative are unable to fully comprehend the material of the class. In understanding success and failure as a simple narrative based upon the character of an individual, they fail to understand the connection between the anti-slavery movement and the end of slavery.
self-help  narrative  story  story-telling  history  race  power  education 
july 2009 by tsuomela
What's Your Story? The Psychological Science of Life History Research: Scientific American
To put it starkly, McAdams has found there are basically two types of people in this world. First, there are those who view life-altering experiences during young adulthood (such as death, crime, addiction, abuse, relationship woes, loss, failure and other abysmal yet often unavoidable plights of the human saga) as “contaminative episodes” in their life stories, where prior to the event everything is seen, retrospectively, through rose-tined glasses and the event as a type of toxic incident that corrodes into the present and ruins the rest of the life course. In a contamination sequence, an emotionally positive event suddenly goes bad. And then there are those who view such dramatic events as “redemptive episodes” in their self-narratives, who, like Katherine Ann Power or Jean Valjean, eventually transform or redeem bad scenes into good outcomes, by becoming better people and benefiting society.
psychology  personality  story-telling  narrative  autobiography 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Media Matters - Media Matters: Media pick up where they left off 8 years ago
To anyone who lived through the media feeding frenzy of the 1990s, during which the nation's leading news organizations spent the better part of a decade destroying their own credibility by relentlessly hyping a series of non-scandals, the past few days, in which the media have tried to shoehorn Barack Obama into the Rod Blagojevich scandal, have been sickeningly familiar.
media  politics  scandal  narrative 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Economic Growth is Political
But it's not just narrative, that's a tool. It also starts with refusing to recognize that we really truly do disagree with our fellow citizens on how our country should be ordered. If you don't countenance disagreement, then you'll get annoyed at people who 'cause trouble', and the dominant elite will be able to use norms like politeness to discredit left-wing political leaders
politics  economics  philosophy  ideology  pragmatism  bipartisanship  narrative 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » In My Day…
I seriously hate declension narratives. Anything that starts out with, “Once upon a time, there was a golden age, and then the barbarians came and wrecked it all…” gets me going for my guns.
history  narrative  story  declension-narrative 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Robert Reich's Blog: Obama vs. McCain, and The Four Stories of American Life
There are four essential American stories. The first two are about hope; the second two are about fear.
politics  economics  narrative  story  history  america 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Cognitive Edge: Confusing story telling with narrative
What we really want is direct access to the original raw narrative material so that we can blend it with our current situation to create contextual and dynamic learning.
knowledge-management  knowledge  learning  storytelling  narrative 
june 2007 by tsuomela

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