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ERIC Number: EJ1009829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
My Best Friend's Brother's Cousin Knew This Guy Who?…?: Hoaxes, Legends, Warnings, and Fisher's Narrative Paradigm
Hobart, Melissa
Communication Teacher, v27 n2 p90-93 2013
Students frequently encounter stories in the form of urban legends but often fail to analyze them properly. Using urban legends to teach is often a lively and informative method, and deconstructing common persuasive messages can show students the applicability of theory to real life. The author states that her goal as a teacher is to help students understand how communication theory applies to their lives. Walter Fisher's narrative paradigm is a good starting point for such understanding. Fisher's narrative paradigm assumes that the world is a set of stories through which people create and re-create their lives; argument is present not only in formally constructed rhetoric but also in stories. The key concept of the paradigm is narrative rationality, a combination of narrative probability, and narrative fidelity. In this article, the author describes an activity whose objective is to have students identify the parts of Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm and analyze the narrative rationality of urban legends. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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