About: what is a story? what is narrative meaning? definition of a story

source: Steve Denning
Narrative meaning is created by establishing that something is a part of a whole and usually that something is the cause of something else. It is usually combined with human actions or events that affect human beings. The meaning of each event is produced by the part it plays in the whole episode.
"The narratives of the world are without number...the narrative is present at all times, in all places, in all societies; the history of narrative begins with the history of mankind; there does not exist, and never has existed, a people without narratives:" (Barthes).

Events don't just happen as isolated things unrelated to each other.  No they are woven together in a fabric.  They compose a network.   We humans become aware of the fabric itself and represent that in our minds as we think.  We tell of that fabric in our language.   Those are called "stories", or "narrative".   We represent what happened in the past when we write History  ... we tell the News of what is happening now in media and the net ... and we anticipate happenings in the future when we tell of our plans, goals and purposes.

We even tell fictional stories which are not grounded in facts that we can share and verify.


  1. fiction
  2. narrative


Seth says
Einai 2014-07-12 08:46:29 17537
Winston Churchill  “History is written by the victors.”  ― Winston Churchill
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


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