Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 18, 2011

5 Points about Using Numbers in Narrative

1. Numbers and Narratives:  Frenemies We want to sort story from statistic. Story can seem to be spin, while numbers appear to speak for themselves and reflect an unimpeachable reality.  Our insistence that what is “social be “science” makes us think that numbers can stand in for reasoning and context to explain the world around …

June 7, 2011

Egypt Uprising Narrative as Youth, New Media Driven: Wrong

NPR’s Michele Norris interviewed Egyptian blogger and software Ala’ ‘Abd Al Fattah on June 6 about his role and perceptions of the uprising in Egypt that brought down the Mubarak regime earlier this spring.  Among Al Fattah’s insights: the narrative of events in Egypt as a primarily youth led and Internet driven and urban are …