Narrative and Media

This is going to be the first blog for BCM311 [Advanced Seminar in Media and Communication]. First thing first just letting everyone know that I enrolled in this subject in week two so I’m a little bit behind. To understand what’s this subject about I have a look in the subject outline and found out that we are going to be focusing a lot on narrative and media. For this reason, I have been doing some research about the relationship of narrative and media. Here what I understand.

The media represents the various channels that are used in the society to be able to collect, store and also deliver information to the people. The media outlets include newspapers, television, radio, etc. The element they use in making the information available/ making news for the people is narrative. These are the act of storytelling employed by the media to make the audience get a clear picture of the past happening in which they might not have been present in that particular moment (Huisman, Murphet, and Dunn, 2006).

Additionally, narrative implies the act of organizing the different elements to make a meaningful story to the audience. The elements can be characters, facts either in a documentary and action in a drama. Different stories in media share some characteristics in the delivery of the stories to the people. However, the various media strives to tell the stories in a variety of different ways to attract more audience. Any media to have many clients, it must have a fascinating way of storytelling. There are also different ways stories unfold, and these bring about the structure of the narrative. Narrative structures include open, closed, interactive, multi-strand structure, etc. (Gudmundsdottir, 1991, pp.207-218).

The open structure is whereby the story has no conclusion but might have minor endings such as the television soaps people watch. The closed structure implies that the story ends well with satisfaction to the views as seen in the films. They have a closure and depict the goals and objectives of the narrative. The multi-strand structure is common to the television media where several stories are running at the same time. Narration requires a good narrator to attract many audiences by being interesting (Ryan, 2004).

 

References:

Gudmundsdottir, S., 1991. Story‐maker, story‐teller: narrative structures in curriculum. J. Curriculum Studies23(3), pp.207-218.

Huisman, R., Murphet, J. and Dunn, A., 2006. Narrative and media. Cambridge University Press.

Ryan, M.L. ed., 2004. Narrative across media: The languages of storytelling. U of Nebraska Press

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