Murray Chapter 7

“And even if we could fill the encyclopedic capacity of the computer with all this information, it would not make for more expressive digital narrative because stories do not draw on generic information about the world but from inflected interpretations of a purposely limited slice of human experience” (Murray 210). The computer is able to create stories, but every story is from human experience; this is why the computer, and the human are so closely related to one another in many different ways. The computer has its flaws, such as storytelling. “A story is an act of interpretation of the world, rooted in the particular perceptions and feelings of the writer” (Murray 204). The mind is also like a computer in many ways from the many frameworks that we go through to create a story with a plot, characters, and a theme; we think in formulas. Murray also mentions within the chapter of how stories work in formulas; every story has a basic base, and then from there it is like a math equation from how everything, like the characters and the plot, and how they interact to create the story itself. A story is full of elements, and formulas have elements that create that one answer or story. Once the whole formula comes together, the author then has the answer to the equation or formula. Connecting storytelling to the computer, we see that computers have to have formulas in order for them to tell their own story. The computer’s formulas connect together to create softwares, games, etc. The computer has so many formulas to it that no one actually truly understands how they all work together in the world today. Murray’s book was written in 1997, but many of her outlooks on the computer are so true. Murray also mentions within her book that even back thousands of years ago, the telling of stories orally or written all added together to create great works such as the Odyssey. Everything in life is a formula, it is the human or the computer that is able to control the formulas, and solve them, or even create something new from them. “But for now we have to listen very, very carefully to hear, amid the cacophony of cyberspace, the first fumbling chords of the awakening bard” (Murray 213).



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. patrickandthebryant
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 12:57:37


  2. brianna2393
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 22:38:46

    I really like the quote you use at the beginning of your article. It emphasizes the point very well, without rambling like I feel a lot of the chapter did. I also think it is neat and unique that you focused on more of the similarities than differences. I think most people’s instant reaction when reading this chapter is to target in on the differences. Obviously computers and humans are vastly different. They just see that and move on, but to do that is incorrect. Like you noted, both humans and computers tell their own sort of story. Although one involves scripts, and the other human experiences, a story is being told either way. THe computer’s story is easily distributed, which gives it a large part of it’s appeal I think. The human story just


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