Alison Gopnik

It’s a truth verging on a truism that journalism is about telling stories. But what exactly is it that narratives—good stories—do for us?  Stories work because they explain important or unusual or compelling events in terms of our everyday psychology—the causal principles that we all understand by the time we are 4.  A good journalist explains why the health care bill failed, for example, by telling us about the beliefs, desires, and emotions of the wavering senators. (more…)

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