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Narrative Shifts of 2010

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The next few posts are going to be me looking back at what I consider the biggest narrative shifts of 2010.  If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase ‘narrative shift’, it’s a meme that essentially means a change to the narrative, which is a short explanation for what happened and why it happened.

Narratives can be very powerful.  Barack Obama would not be our president today if not for the incredible power of his narrative as well as the great skill with which he wielded it.  In Hollywood, a bad narrative can kill a reputation (yes, Mel Gibson really is a racist) or keep a mediocre talent in work (poor Jennifer Aniston just wants to be loved).

Because of the clear closure we get after the completion of a competition in sports, I would argue that sports are actually the best topic on which to study the narrative shift.  With the end of the year upon us, now’s a good time to reflect.

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Written by Matt Johnson

December 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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