Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Technology and Narrative

There probably is not much left to say about these two topics since we went over it in class and I am one of the last to write about them. Having said that, there are many different ways to look at narrative and technology. In my mind narrative clearly means a story that is told, but you could look at this a lot of different ways. For example, a book could be a narrative, but at the same time a video game could be a narrative. As long as the "thing" takes the reader, gamer, or whatever, along on a journy. Narrative is a way of working your brain.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of technology is computers, cars, and all of that kind of stuff. But when we talked about it the first day in class, it became apparent to me that technology is not only something we can touch and use, it is a progression in time. Therefore the best word I could use to describe technology is development.

When we use these two words together it is very tough to figure out exactly what that means because there are so many ways to look at them depending on the person. Narrative and technology to me, show the who, what, when, where, and how about how things have evolved. But in reality, I have no clue how these two words got intertwined.

1 comment:

Adam Johns said...

Just a quick comment on this line "Narrative is a way of working your brain." This is the kind of observation which you don't need to necessarily be serious about, but which could open up some interesting avenues.

I copied Bill Joy's piece from The Best Science and Nature Essays of 2001, edited by E.O. Wilson, the founder of the modern discipline of Sociobiology. His introduction is entitled "Life is a Narrative."

Other thinkers have talked about narrative as the way that humans in particular structure reality: we represent (re-present) before we can think about something.

In other words, we might think in Zach's terms - "Narrative is a way of working your brain." But, we could take it one step farther and argue instead that narrative is how your brain works.