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How would you contrast this story to a testimony in real life? In recent years, we have seen the memoir genre grow in popularity, and with it comes an interest in highly titillating stories as well as an even greater interest in how these stories get exaggerated or even made up. The old woman’s story is fiction, of course, but it also contains some signals about the way that any narrative introduces some amount of artifice to a story. To insist on some Platonic ideal of truth all the time is to deny this aspect of how we relate to stories we’ve already heard (there are conventions to most stories) and to the ways we’re used to making sense of events. Oral history is about telling one’s own story, but it is also about the relationship of that story to others, and we can see some of those conventions for relation in these two chapters.
20/03/2017 · Jerzy Kosinski’s Traumas, Real and ..
This is one way to come to terms with your fellow citizens. Much reality TV, by contrast, communicates a relative openness of judgment, though judgment is its one constant—and does so also by its wider identity of situation between the viewer and those before the cameras. (Nearly everybody has dated, and, from rich to poor, nearly everybody fears the police when driving and will call on them when threatened.) Reality TV’s judgment falls on “another oneself,” however much one retains the right to disown and ridicule this nitwitted fellow-citizen. Nowadays, at every level of our society, there is a hunger for judgment. Often this becomes summary judgment—not so much the wish to know the truth, but the brutal decisionism that would rather be wrong than stay in suspension. This is the will not to deliberate but to sentence. In the political realm, it has influenced the shape of the current disaster. Its soft manifestations own the therapeutic talk shows, in the sniffling and nose wiping of a Dr. Phil, where the expert is never at a loss. He will not say: “No, your situation is too messed up for me to advise you; I have a similar problem; think for yourself.” Whereas the cheapest and rawest reality TV offers you a chance to judge people like you, people who do lots of the same things you do. It is cheap, it is amoral, it has no veneer of virtue, it is widely censured and a guilty pleasure, and it can be more educational and truthful and American than most anything else, very suitable for our great republic.