Tracking Down Political Narratives

Where/When is the Origin Spot of a Political Narrative?

If so, where/what/who is this point?

Have political narratives been used through history? In other words, the use of stories in creating a nation, a government, a historical figures … through history.

Perhaps the story device is not a new device for creating political narratives throughout history. What is new is the contemporary method of story-telling through that literary form called screenplays. While stories might have been used throughout history to create political narratives, the use of screenplays to create political narratives offers something new.

The political narratives of the East and West. The East has always symbolized by the Feminine archetype while the West has always been symbolized by the Masculine archetype. The history of civilization supports this idea. Civilization was born in the Eastern feminine archetype and evolved (grew) into the Western masculine archetype. The unconsciousness before birth and the early years of life have always been owned by the feminine archetype. And, the consciousness of growth after birth from young to old, has always been owned by the masculine archetype. The history of civilization has been a movement from eastern unconsciousness to western consciousness. The end of western expansion of consciousness was defined by the coast of California at the end of America’s movement West.

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The grand division between Eastern and the Western civilizations is the greatest division in the world, a division that is at the heart of any truthful story today. The grand division expresses itself in American political culture as the symbolism of Eastern culture in the Democratic Party and symbolism of Western culture in the Republican Party. The grand class of global symbols is always the clash between the two great archetypes – feminine and masculine. There is no greater symbol opposition than that between the two genders.

Everyone talks about political narratives today. Yet, no one seems very interested in where they come from. Or, who creates them. Or, how they develop. These are a few questions among a number of questions I have about political narratives.

Are political narratives created at one central location of a particular party or candidate? Somewhat like the Professor in The Wizard of Ozinside his booth that amplifies his importance. Or, are they a type of symbiotic combination of leading memes of popular culture at the time? A collection of the key symbols of the time rolled into a type of story narrative. Somehow. Are the key themes assembled together by one of the great Internet companies today? They certainly know the grand memes of culture and society.

San Francisco from Tilden Park in Berkeley

There are many questions when one decides to focus on the investigation of political narratives.

There has been little effort leading academic institutions on investigating this question. Might the reason for the academia’s reluctance is that academia is helping in the creation of political narratives?

The questions of where they come from, who creates them and how they develop becomes a type of quest for me to find them.

Is the creation of political narrative one of the key control methods today?

Here, one distinguishes between the methods used by a particular administration in power and narratives in opposition to the power of an administration. These are the leading historical narratives always pinned to a particular time in history.

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As I wrote in my article Electric Symbols(Published in First Monday … see link below) about Google in 2000, I foresaw a great cultural power the company would have by monitoring those modern “electric symbols” called words and word search. I argued that these were the modern symbols of our times. The use of words. Something that could monitored with rising words and declining words noted. Could trends be predicted?

Now, almost twenty years after I wrote this article I am more convinced than ever that Google holds the key to the creation of political narratives today. To think otherwise would not be all that wise.  I am not sure whether it is just a beginning key or the overall key.

What is apparent is that Google offers the best potential analysis of competing memes, views, narratives in culture at particular times.

Ohio Farm in Johnstown

The lesson to be learned here?

Creating a political narrative based on emotion without applying Google’s database is a pretty dumb thing to do.

Research for creating political narratives will/should always come from the leading search engine on the Internet. Of course, this is Google today.

Leading political narratives do not develop in smoke-filled backrooms of private clubs like they used to do. Rather today, they develop in the billions of electric actions taken by a culture at points in time and tracked, analyzed and manipulated by the world’s greatest Internet search engine.

One can have an interesting consulting business applying screenwriting techniques to politics. But the ultimate business of the consultant for political narratives today must have a connection to the world’s greatest search engine.

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It is in the data held by a search engine like Google that a true national political narrative can be developed. The two-sides, held in sharp alignment. Not an alignment of mushed-up boundaries, like the boundaries of a water-color painting. Rather an alignment based on words and ways of ranking and studying them. Nothing so esoteric as painting techniques. Rather the actions of one’s current culture. Their actions in words searched on the Internet.

Using the data from the great search engine company, there can be developed the dimensions of a political narrative based on the billions of search actions in culture. Defining and developing these into political narratives using screenwriting techniques is the goal here.  The desire to share data with the two political administrations goes from high to low. So, you be the judge on how effective the data from the great Internet company might be in a political administration they are behind versus one that they are against.

Data always has always possessed these political roots. The result was that it was  placed into particular corners of the world and its constant battle between the two always-battling symbols of masculine and feminine for control of the political narrative.

New Albany in the Morning

To think that current screenwriting techniques might not be founded on application of political narratives is naiive to think.

The real challenge is for political administrations determine how they align with the great search engine.

This search engine contains the world’s most sophisticated database.

The question is not about the ability of the Hero of this article so far (me?) to pursue the goal before him/her.

There is the powerful, alchemy of Google and the social networks concerning our immediate task.

Is the date of the great search engine tied closely to the politics of left or right?

Perhaps search data has found a powerful application to current poltical narratives. To not consider this possibility is to be naiive to the situation today.


(Note: The above is a chapter draft for our new thesis involving the application of current symbols to the creation of symbolic narratives. See other blogs on this site for updates on this narrative. Tracking this stuff down demands the time and services of the modern Philip Marlowe … should one be inserted into this political narrative? How can a political narrative ever really be something by itself when it is always a grand symbol for a crash-up between two different philosophies of life.)

One thought on “Tracking Down Political Narratives

  1. I liked what I read John, and agree with your insight. I do think Google has tried to help shape our thoughts
    in regard to politics and the candidates. I think you have to find out as much information from Google and from
    other sources as well, before you make up your mind in regard to a political figure and/or party. Then ask yourself
    does this agree with what I believe I want for my country.

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