I am not a story
Michael Ruiz
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I would argue that humans are, for the most part, non-narrative and I base this conclusion on both my personal experience, and observations that can be made by examining the two readings about irony, “How to Live Without Irony,” and “Sincerity, Not Irony, Is Our Age’s Ethos,” an attempted description of modern culture being based upon irony, and a rebuttal that states the culture is based upon a “New Sincerity,” respectively. It appears to me that the crux of each of their arguments hinges upon viewing the world as a narrative, or not. The author of “How to Live Without Irony” identifies the roots of the modern irony, a modern irony she is obviously constantly exposed to, as specifically coming from a movement during a point in time that she was specifically a part of. The author of the rebuttal piece argues that it is impossible to make this argument because “…you can’t determine the ethos of an entire age by looking at a sub-sub-sub-sub-culture.” Instead he says, “Rather, there are far more prominent indicators like, for example, a society’s cultural output.” This is an argument for examining the larger picture, an aggregate of many sub-communities and sub-cultures, rather than only that which a person self-selects to be a part of. This relates to the non-narrative vs. narrative dichotomy because one is only sees the world as a story related to herself and the other clearly not. I think this dichotomy is expanded further to the entirety of the world.

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