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Spoiling the narrative: #Gawker, lizzyf620 and #SockpuppetConfessions

Posted 04-Nov-2014 at 10:45 PM (22:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Nov-2014 at 11:48 PM (23:48) by Gurdur

This is the second in a highly non-connected series of posts I'm doing on narrative. We are Pan narrans, the story-telling chimpanzee; if you or I work really hard at it, we might make it to being Homo sapiens. And yes, narrative is highly important - more than you know - to both science and to the history of science as it is presented. Even unto the neurophysical side! Narrativium rules OK! But let's leave the baffling-with-science bit for the next blog post, and let's look at competing narratives,...
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Unexpected narratives: sadnesses

Posted 04-Nov-2014 at 07:09 PM (19:09) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

I have to blog on the narrative, and what it means for people; it's much more important than many think to life, and to anything human, including history of science. So the next few blog posts of mine will be, in different ways, all about narrative and narratives - as well as control by narrators. First up though is an almost accidental thing; having bought the entire set of Breaking Bad episodes (5 seasons), I watched them all to the end. The very last scene of the last episode of the last season...
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Who owns the history of the winter of our discontent? A reply to Mary Beard et al

Posted 05-Feb-2013 at 11:27 AM (11:27) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2013 at 11:52 AM (11:52) by Gurdur

Richard III was a king in England back in the days when a king was expected to take up sword himself, no matter how bookish or slight of build he was. Richard the Third was both bookish and slight of build, and had damage to his spine, most likely resulting in raising one shoulder a little higher than the other, making him look off-kilter. He was the very last king of England to actually die in battle, and he died bravely, fighting on despite being surrounded by foes and vastly outnumbered. ...
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Musings on gender & cultural differences in the narrative

Posted 05-Feb-2012 at 12:05 AM (00:05) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 01:43 AM (01:43) by Gurdur

The narrative is more controversial than you might think; there's one of those periodic spats about using narrative going on at the moment in the blogosphere in relation to history of science, and some still do not see that narrative pretty much underlies every way humans talk about anything - even the argumentive and demonstrative rhetorical modes have their own narrational structure and premises. Peter Medawar famously pointed that out for science in his "Is the scientific paper a fraud?". This...
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Differences between USA and Commonwealth styles in story-telling

Posted 01-Feb-2012 at 09:33 PM (21:33) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 12:03 AM (00:03) by Gurdur

Cultures differ greatly in communication; Germans think typical British politeness is overdone and suspiciously ornate, while to do things in KiSwahili in a "kizungu" way is to do them impolitely and/or overly hurriedly and brusquely, and comes from mzungu, meaning European or white person, and so on. Story-telling also differs much across cultures. The Egyptian way of telling stories is often a way of attaining intersubjective agreement between all hearers as to how certain events happened, or...
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The power & vital necessity of the narrative, in #arseniclife, #SoLo11 and all science communication

Posted 09-Sep-2011 at 08:15 PM (20:15) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 11-Sep-2011 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by Gurdur

One great talk at the Science Online London conference, which I didn't mention in my summary given in my preceeding blog post, was a breakout-session talk, "So many ways to tell a story", given by Anton Zuiker (@MisterSugar) and Bora Zivkovic (@BoraZ). It was all good, but needed far more time and follow-up sessions; as I tweeted during it, one thing I personally missed was discussion of when narratives compete with each other, and discussion of how to analyse underlying narratives.
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