Title

Shifting Media, Shifting Paradigms, and the Growing Utility of Narrative as Metaphor

Abstract

Clarifying distinctions between orality and literacy enables exploration of the premise that media influence paradigm development in rhetorical theory. Persistent biases engendered by writing‐based cognition, especially those surrounding the propositional rhetoric of correct reasongiving, create resistance to the practical development of a storytelling approach to speechmaking, and thus delay acceptance of a narrative paradigm. Narrative's phenomenal rhetoric is argued to transcend mediation: Its utility as archetypal metaphor in speech and criticism is patent when weighed in terms of electronic media and their ties to purely oralist antecedents. The implications are considered and the essay concludes by comparing the presently shifting media ratios to those of Hellenic Greece.

Department(s)

Arts, Languages, and Philosophy

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1745-1035; 1051-0974

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1990 Routledge, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1989

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