Detail of The Post Office by Frederick Goodall; engraving by C.W. Sharpe

A Coming Crisis of Cognition

Storytelling and the Ebb of Explanation

Jeff Jarvis
Whither news?
Published in
14 min readApr 24, 2019

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In journalism, we think our job is to “get the story.” We teach the skill of “knowing what a story is.” We call ourselves “storytellers.” We believe that through stories — or as we also like to say when feeling uppish, “narrative”— we attract and hold attention, impart facts in engaging fashion, and explain the world.

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Jeff Jarvis
Whither news?

Blogger & prof at CUNY’s Newmark J-school; author of Geeks Bearing Gifts, Public Parts, What Would Google Do?, Gutenberg the Geek