Last night someone said that “academia is very dry and without story”. I immediately understood what he said, although I couldn’t really confirm or deny his assertion. When I asked him what he meant, he responded by speaking about his work. “I tell stories through the lenses on my cameras. I want people to understand and to see the world as it is and is it could be. I think the way the world is shown in universities is different.”
There were two key concepts and words that struck me in the conversation, ‘story’ and ‘see the world’.
[its beginning to feel a bit messy, Mary
cause this one is going to lead you in circles
and you are trying to get references/base points/coordinates for your triangle
Ooh, circles are helpful too]
What my friend was saying made me wonder what we mean by story? Intuitively I can sense and ‘know’ the difference between a story (assuming the written form of communication) and an academic text. My immediate outcry is ‘Yes, you are right, the latter does tend to feel ‘dry’ and without ‘feeling”.
[Feelings, nothing more than feelings..▶
Trying to forget my [work] ]
[oops, I’m lost]
The first thing that I learnt at school about writing a story from Mrs English [yep, my English teacher’s name] was that it had a beginning, a middle and an end.
[but so does any text
you’re always able to close the book, read the endnotes or find the next link in the bibliography..
you are now interrupting me]
Mrs English, would say that the beginning must give the reader an idea of what is to come, the middle must share the details of the story, and the end must sum up what was shared in the middle.
[unlike PhD notes, Mary, that go and on and on and on and…]
Ends: 20:56 (I’m going to read Aslaam Fataar’s paper)