The Power of the Narrative

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Elizabeth Conley, May 15, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    It isn't what happens to people that shapes how we feel and what we choose to do, it's how people explain and articulate what has happened to us in our inner narrative.

    This is how two people can have nearly identical experiences and come away with two entirely different points of view and courses of action:

    In this interview with Christopher Doyon we get a glimpse of his inner narrative and how it has shaped his views and his plans:

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/0...l-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/

    Here we have Infowars typically paranoid reaction to a Pentagon think-tank's research into how community & individual narratives effect viewpoints and chosen courses of action.

    http://www.infowars.com/pentagon-re...s-way-to-hijack-the-brain-with-false-stories/

    It's interesting to note both the Pentagon's interest and Infowars' paranoia. It is what it is. Propagandists have tried to control the narrative since communities were first invented. It's hard to control the narrative. People being what we are, we react badly when we detect that someone is trying to control our inner narrative.

    Good luck with this Pentagon.
     
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  2. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    More on the personal narrative:

    Deep into pg 2:

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/cover_story/page2/up_close_and_personal_with_the_tsa_20120515/

    Again, I don't think a fascist government has any hope of "controlling personal narratives". It's no mistake that intellectuals have been murdered by states trying to establish absolute control. This well-educated man is gentle and decent, yet a single incident is the catalyst that turns his support for government policies into staunch opposition. His "narrative" that would seem ideal from a fascist government's point of view, is suddenly the exact opposite of what they hope to foster.

    A fascist government can not anticipate that a seemingly "little thing" might "radicalize" a formerly docile serf. Is there a way to interject segments into a person's personal narrative that would inoculate him/her against such an event? I think that's one of the things the Pentagon would like to learn. I'm betting they're going to find out their chances are Slim and Nunn, and Slim just left town.

    Individual Canadian Police have shown very positive signs of a possessing a well-developed moral compass:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/toronto...lice-trampled-basic-rights-of-citizens-report

    It would be interesting to explore the personal narratives of the ethical officers as compared to the blindly obedient ones.

    Another thought that transfixes me it that the citizens the current Government might be the most sure of may be the ones they should fear the most. Time after time I notice that it is the veterans and families of veterans who are most rabidly opposed to the police state. These people see the police state as the betrayal of all their personal sacrifices, and treason to the nation service members fought and died for.

    What are the researchers going to do if they figure out that it is the behavior of the U.S. Federal government that has created the "political radicalization" of countless people who were previously of no threat or inclined to support the U.S. actively?

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/tag/narrative-networks/

    Anonymous says the people who maintain the government's technology systems are firmly in liberty's camp. Anonymous claims that they have moles in virtually every secure government database program the U.S. government possesses. Do they? If they do, then the fascists are definitely not influencing "personal narratives" or even detecting the possibility of personal narratives hostile to the police state. Oopsy-daisy!
     
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