Poking the Perennial Question: Is This a Networked Narrative?

I had some fun this morning with a real play-baby of a networked tool, Yarn.  I used it to respond to dogtrax’s decision to join with me on the Data Storytelling course sponsored by the Knight Foundation’s journalismcourses.org.

My question: is the mashup below a ‘networked narrative’ and if so, why, and if not, why not?


5 Replies to “Poking the Perennial Question: Is This a Networked Narrative?”

      1. Do networked narratives start internally and work their way out? I created this Yarn prompted by Kevin’s decision to join me in another digital course. I used Yarn to carry on the discourse a bit further–it is a story of gratefulness and sharing. Stories don’t necessarily have to have all the traditional elements. A response gif can be a story, I think.

        This is why I posted this–to get responses as to what others consider to be the limits of networked narratives and whether they are subject to the same bounds as ‘just narratives’. Thanks, Wendy.

        I am beginning to think that one of the characteristics of a “digital” networked narrative is its context. Networked narratives are ‘storiful’, but their context is another story, full-meta.

  1. I’m going for no, it’s not a narrative, nor is it particularly networked. I just don’t think story can mean whatever you want it to mean. At the core of “story” is the shattered world–something going forward (or back) is changed forever by an action and the trajectory is changed.

    That’s why we have different terms for different things. A mashup is not a story. It CAN be, but a large part of it hangs out in its own section of the intersecting circles of their shared Venn diagram.

    What you have here is a fun mashup, but in and of itself, it is not a story.
    So say I, Undisputed Authority on All Things Expoundable. Salt shaker recommended to accessorize this post.

    1. Is a meme a networked narrative? I think it is and just because one isn’t party to the joke or the cultural references, it doesn’t mean that the narrative thread hasn’t been passed to somebody. Sometimes you just need a translator. The podcast Reply All has a segment called “Yes, yes, no” that takes a baffling tweet and unspools the narrative inside of the network. Here is a link to it: https://gimletmedia.com/episode/83-voyage-into-pizzagate/

      I would have said that the tweet they speak of was not a story, not only because I didn’t understand it and dismissed it, but because it really seemed like gibberish. The podcast’s translation fleshed out the narrative hidden in the network. Was it a narrative before they did this? I think it had to be, just a hidden one. I really recommending listening. They do these segments on a regular basis and they are always illuminating to me as your basic not-with-it sextegenarian.

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