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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

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?

Planeta.com’s proposal is to use open journalism to co-create conversations, events and recaps.


  • What is the difference between narrative and story? = ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre narrativa y historia?

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It is not enough to challenge the old narrative, however outdated and discredited it may be.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?

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Complicating the Narratives



SXSW 2013
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.

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