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siobhan o'flynn, phd

Why do stories have to have some moral meaning, some grand lesson, to be considered good? Not sure if you’re paying attention, but there is a whole movement that has it’s roots in the absurdist comedy genre that is focused on attacking and dismantling the tropes and common formulas of the narrative structure descended from the Greek traditions.

This is what evolution in storytelling — for better or for worse — looks like. Whether it sticks, who cares? If you want an Aristotelean-approved narrative drama, you have hundreds of thousands of shows, movies and books that conform lock-step.

And why should Aristotle’s view about anything be considered sacrosanct? There are hundreds if not thousands of other philosophers in history around the world who were just as smart who had different views about culture.