Theory Key Names
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Chapter 24—Narrative Paradigm
- Walter Fisher
- A professor emeritus at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California who developed the narrative paradigm of communication.
- Phatic communication
- Communication aimed at maintaining relationship rather than passing information or saying something new.
- Symbolic actions—words and/or deeds—that have sequence and meaning for those who live, create, and interpret them.
- A conceptual framework or worldview; a universal model that calls for people to view events through a common interpretive lens.
- Rational-world paradigm
- A scientific or philosophical approach to knowledge that assumes people are logical, making decisions on the basis of evidence and lines of argument.
- Narrative paradigm
- A theoretical framework that views narrative as the basis of all human communication.
- Narrative rationality
- A way of evaluating the worth of stories based on the twin standards of narrative coherence and narrative fidelity.
- Narrative coherence
- Internal consistency with characters acting in a reliable fashion; the story hangs together.
- Narrative fidelity
- Congruency between values embedded in a message and what listeners regard as truthful and humane; the story strikes a responsive chord.
- Ideal audience
- An actual community existing over time that believes in the values of truth, the good, beauty, health, wisdom, courage, temperance, justice, harmony, order, communion, friendship, and oneness with the cosmos.
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