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A coming crisis of cognition: Storytelling and the ebb of explanation

from Whither News via Medium

In journalism, we think our job is to "get the story." We teach the skill of "knowing what a story is." We call ourselves "storytellers." We believe that through stories — or as we also like to say when feeling uppish, "narrative" — we attract and hold attention, impart facts in engaging fashion, and explain the world. My greatest heresy to date — besides questioning paywalls as panacea — is to doubt the primacy of the story as journalistic form and to warn of the risk of valuing drama, character and control over chaotic reality. more


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