I am currently doing research -- in a still very preliminary fashion -- for an article on the origin and the current use of the beltway think-tank buzzword, "narrative."
My very tentative thoughts about this term is that it seems to be a convenient, meant-to-be persuasive replacement for "actually" telling the truth. In other words, it's not the "story" in itself, but how/why it's told, that really counts in "hardball" politics/foreign affairs.
If you have any thoughts about this linguistic/political phenomenon, I would much appreciate your sharing them at john.h30@gmailcom.
BTW, The rampant use of this word is evident from a Google search:
Daily update ⋅ November 18, 2015NEWS
Gerson: Don't feed the Islamic State narrative
The Constantly Changing Narrative Surrounding Matthew Stafford
Cleveland Scene Weekly
'The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory' Challenges the Historical Narrative at SPACES
It's time to end the tired narrative that Zack Greinke wouldn't be able to handle Boston
Arab Film Studio releases adverts seeking aspiring filmmakers for narrative programme
Tipps: The other side of the fraternity-life narrative
Gold Prices Fall As Investors Buy Into Federal Reserve Narrative
Road to VR
'Blackout' Explores Immersive Narrative in NYC's Subway, Kickstarter Now Live
Qari Asim: Poisonous narrative of IS must be countered
National testing plan lacks a 'compellingnarrative'WEB
steph's narrative storyboard
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