Narrative = A story or account of events and experiences
Also see: narrator = person who delivers a commentary accompanying a movie, piece of music, film and other media
Also see: counter narrative, counter narrative, non-narrated, narrator
Pet peeves: unreliable narrator, false narratives
Flip the script
Seeking the reliable narrator.
The audience – readers, viewers – interprets the ‘story‘ differently.
Our appreciation (or not) of narrative depends on individual comfort zones, our language, our culture. We also have different points of view given our age and generation.
Our liking or disliking of narrative depends on how we interpret story-telling. How do we wish to be engaged? Are we willing to be manipulated? Are we willing to accept far-fetched premises?
- What is the difference between narrative and story? = ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre narrativa y historia?
Perhaps we should all just wait and see how the narrative unfolds rather than trying to predict what the narrative will be.
– Dan Rather
I would like to be excluded from this narrative.
It is not enough to challenge the old narrative, however outdated and discredited it may be. Change only happens when you replace one story with another.
– George Monbiot, How do we get out of this mess?
What happens to a story when its narrator becomes unreliable? Can that narrative be reclaimed? And, even worse—what happens to our collective understanding of a story when we learn that the narrator has been unreliable all along?
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Complicating the Narratives
Art historian Alice Procter is on a mission to decolonise museums and galleries in her ‘Uncomfortable Art Tours’
In an attention economy where more and more options compete for scarce attention, the ability to attract and retain attention will increasingly determine who creates and captures value. Stories are a powerful way to engage audiences, but have limitations that make it difficult to retain attention, build relationships and mobilize action. Narratives offer a more powerful vehicle to amplify impact, but are much less well understood. Narratives operate at three levels in parallel: the individual, the institution and the social unit. By understanding this and crafting narratives that operate at all three levels, it is possible to amplify impact. New generations of technology especially social, cloud, mobile and Big Data make the development and deployment of narratives much more feasible. Narratives resist the confines of a single medium and tend to flourish in a transmedia world where the narrative can unfold across a rich set of media.