In real time, making lots of choices, no one knows the elements that will eventually coalesce together to create a story.

And yet, a story is bound to be told. In situations where time and energy haven’t been applied to narrative construction, someone often has to dig into to deep recesses of memory, to create a vivid picture.

How does the selection process work? Why is one vignette more useful than another in this context?

Perhaps this is a reason why folks from oral storytelling cultures have felt somehow cheated by those who wrote down their versions of events.

The social media era has levelled the playing field. Anyone and everyone can tell their own version of events without having to deal with the gatekeepers of bygone times.


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