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w"narratve" - an old word with strange nre meanings the I dont understand.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, May 26, 2019.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Just that, really.
  2. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Why can't thread titles be edited?

    "narrative" an old word with strange new meanings that I don't understand.
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I presume you mean 'narrative' as used commonly to mean 'backstory' or 'a way of understanding an event' which seems to have become more common in common parlance than I remember.

    And yes not being able to edit a thread title can be embarrassing and frustrating, but presumably it works with a different system. The same is true of conversations, where one is also not able to edit.
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  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    You mean in the context "media narrative" ... how the media choose to spin a story?
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  5. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I don't know what the strange new meanings are - I've only ever seen it used the way you would expect.
    With that said, it can be used quite broadly. I always use the expression when writing artist statements, eg. "figurative, narrative painter". What are the new meanings? (curious)
  6. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Occasional commenter

    I like it. It's a useful word.
    People have their own narratives. They are often a bit wrong or twisted or simplistic.
    As lanokia said the media use it, and society in general to explain stuff....
    And it is a key tool for how we as humans understand the world and what goes on. You could tell me lots of facts and analysis and I would forget. Tell me a story and I will remember, embroider and build on it.
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Indeed... the media usage is just a variation on a journalist having a ''story" for their paper... a newspaper full of facts and stats would be boring... but a story... that gets readers. The narrative spin is all important there.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Like 'optics' and 'digging down', the current vogue in vocabulary.
    But at least 'narrative' actually means what it's meant to mean.
    agathamorse, nizebaby and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  9. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Narrative = spin.
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  10. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I suggest the term gained a different nuance as psychology evolved, being used to describe the stories we tell ourselves from the way our experiences affect our perception of situations.

    Although it's always been the case that politicians have understood the power of narrative, once psychologists were better able to describe the cognitive process, it became easier to manipulate the narrative they tell for political gain.

    How politics is now being influenced, gets described by political pundits as the narrative, rather than a report of a sequence of events.
  11. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I don't think the meaning has changed so much as the use has increased so it is used in what seem to be unusual circumstances.

    Likewise the word "curate", previously rather obscure and never used outside of a museum context, now rather pretentiously used to signify someone has made a list.
  12. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    I'm guessing that the kind of people who say "societal" instead of "social" are the kind of people who say "narrative" instead of "story".
    smoothnewt and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  13. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Do it when you're sober, surely?
  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    There is something dirty mackish about that (curious).

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