[Ads-l] "narrative"; PLUS script = to present, portray, interpret, etc....

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 14 20:09:02 EST 2016


I am having trouble getting past "conception" for "concept".

On Nov 14, 2016 4:43 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> A nearly paradigm ex.:
>
> "Our own view is that postmodernism and identity politics are closely
> related. The conception that there is no such thing as objective truth,
> that everyone merely has his or her 'narrative' has had pernicious
> consequences. But I will ask your view on the matter."
>
> https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/12/byn1-j12.html
>
> JL
>
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 7:20 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> > Subject:      Re: "narrative"; PLUS script = to present, portray,
> > interpret,
> >               etc....
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> >
> > To be precise, to do so "...in accordance with consciously or
> unconsciously
> > held beliefs, esp. irrespective of truth or falsity."
> >
> > At least I think that's what it means. Beloved by postmoderns:
> > 1997 Marita Sturken _Tangled Memories_ (Berkeley: U. of C. P.) 14:
> Although
> > AIDS may [someday] be cured and its meaning will change, such
> developments
> > likely would not affect the AIDS narrative as it has been scripted so
> far -
> > the virus that both exposed divisions and created new communities in
> > American society.
> >
> > Out-of-touch readers might think that Sturken is just trying to say "the
> > AIDS *story* as it has been *written* [e.g., by journalists] so far," but
> > experience, and a close reading of the sentence, tells me otherwise. As
> > elsewhere, "narrative" seems to mean "version of events" whereas "story,"
> > here, would seem to mean "actual events."
> >
> > But never mind that. There's also "rescript":
> >
> > Ibid., p. 16: "Attempts to rescript the Vietnam War have been as much
> about
> > healing...as they have been about smoothing over the disrupions of the
> > war's
> > narratives."  [Note pl. "narratives" -JL.]  _Ibid._ 39: These images made
> > it
> > possible to rescript [Rodney] King as a threatening, resisting figure and
> > to
> > refigure [syn. of "rescript" -JL] the beating as a reasonable attempt to
> > restrain a dangerous suspect.
> >
> > And_pre-script_ (perhaps "to influence or persuade in advance" ):
> >
> > Ibid., p. 35: Voyeuristically watching the parents and students of
> Christa
> > McAuliffe, Americans were pre-scripted to share their pride and
> enthusiasm
> > over the fact that an "ordinary" teacher could experience space flight
> via
> > U.S. technology.
> >
> > And a final _narrative_ : "an artificially arranged or projected sequence
> > of
> > actual events":
> >
> > Ibid., p. 35: Christa McAuliffe's narrative, designed to make Americans
> > identify with her as an ordinary, non-astronaut space traveler, thus
> > backfired.
> >
> > JL
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