How The Narrative Fallacy is Screwing Us

It’s a little chilly at soccer practice tonight. I’m glad to be here and out of the house for a little bit. We usually listen to music on the drive, and since I was in the mood for only something funny and light, we listened to Tiko’s Fishy Song and other Fortnite inspired Diss tracks.

I’m going to try to explain what’s happened in Washington D.C. tonight.

At this point it looks like 13 people have been arrested, five weapons have been confiscated, and one woman has been fatally shot. The mayor of D.C. has issued a curfew, and Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all removed posts from President Trump from earlier today.

A three-act-play of sorts has been brewing since the first presidential debate in which President Trump mentioned the possibility of election fraud. In storytelling, this is called laying the pipe for a planned narrative to unfold.

Act One:

Inciting Incident: President Trump loses to Joe Biden.

Act Two:

Middle Build: Far-right conservative media build upon the groundwork from the first presidential debate and gain momentum for the Stolen Election narrative.

Act Three:

Resolution: A group of people (which appears to be small at this point) protest at the capital, offering on a silver platter the sound bites, symbols of nationalism, and images necessary to present a perverse version of American patriotism.

Hopefully that’s as far as it goes. But some damage has been done. Manipulators on the left will take full advantage.

Ryan Holiday and others have warned about the dangers of the media machine the internet has created, not because the internet is bad but because people, outlets, and blogs on both political sides have become VERY good at manipulating a story for the sake of page views.

As a culture, we are all responsible. We all need to be discerning and rational as we consume information. It’s the only way to guard against manipulation and falling prey to the narrative fallacy.

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