A Matter of Narratives

A Narrative Paradigm: A story with culturally formative power that functions to direct the life and thought of individuals, groups, or societies

In a CNN article Tony Blair was asked on how to combat ISIS, to which he responded was to confront its ideology. Blair does this by creating a narrative paradigm to motivate Britons to be against the thoughts of ISIS, Blair tries this by saying:

“The broad mass of the Muslim community in the UK will be absolutely horrified and appalled by this and condemn it completely, the way these hostages are abused and subject to the grotesque form of public parade and then execution, it’s just horrific. It’s evil and it’s totally contrary to the principles of any form of religious faith.”

With this quotation Blair is trying to create a story for people from all religious faiths to unite under one common banner to confront ISIS and he purposely distinguishes Muslims from ISIS. Blair does this by separating ISIS from the rest the world by calling them extremists and against any form of religious faith. This way Blair can direct all people who live in Britain to be against ISIS and make fighting them easier with the public on the British government’s side.

Blair could’ve just made an oppositional statement without explaining that everyone should be against ISIS. But Blair purposely tried to unite Britain against ISIS with a story to direct the thoughts of all Britons against ISIS. But one must ask if it is acceptable to tell a story that directs the thoughts of individuals?

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http://cnn.it/1DFxU0O

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4 thoughts on “A Matter of Narratives

  1. I support Blair’s comments against ISIS and the way he distinguished them from the rest of the world. It is a very serious matter and Blair is being cautious and informing people to stand against this extremist group as it may reach close to home. You also mention in this article that Blair distinguished muslims from ISIS; this plays a good role, as it minimizes the hate that usually ends up arising towards a whole society (Muslim society), instead of just a certain group performing the wrong actions (ISIS). For example during 9/11 we saw a lot of hate arising towards muslims all around the world due to one groups wrong action. Muslims all across the United States suffered the consequences; many women’s headscarfs were ripped off and many men with long beards were discriminated in public because they held the same beliefs as an extremist group. To avoid a situation like this due to the actions of ISIS Blair’s comments allow the public to reconsider the judgment they might make against their next door muslim neighbour or friend or colleague all because of one small groups heinous actions.

  2. ‘A Matter of Narratives’
    “I support Blair’s comments against ISIS and the way he distinguished them from the rest of the world. It is a very serious matter and Blair is being cautious and informing people to stand against this extremist group as it may reach close to home. You also mention in this article that Blair distinguished muslims from ISIS; this plays a good role, as it minimizes the hate that usually ends up arising towards a whole society (Muslim society), instead of just a certain group performing the wrong actions (ISIS). For example during 9/11 we saw a lot of hate arising towards muslims all around the world due to one groups wrong action. Muslims all across the United States suffered the consequences; many women’s headscarfs were ripped off and many men with long beards were discriminated in public because they held the same beliefs as an extremist group. To avoid a situation like this due to the actions of ISIS Blair’s comments allow the public to reconsider the judgment they might make against their next door muslim neighbour or friend or colleague all because of one small groups heinous actions.”

  3. I believe it is a smart tactic for Blair to direct the thoughts of people in Britain. Following the video of ISIS members executing hostages the world needed to respond. When politicians see their own citizens being harmed they have even more pressure to come up with a response. Blair was following this notion and coming up with a response himself. In this age we are highly dependent upon the media to deliver us with narratives and facts so we can form our own opinion. Unlike other Media outlets Blair is not focusing his attention upon the whole Islam religion and community, he is putting his focus on the ISIS extremists alone. Blair is not the only person who has come out following these attacks calling for the world to respond. The Catholic Pope himself made a similar statement recently calling for the world to respond to the threats delivered by ISIS and saying that they are not following Islamic religious beliefs. Not only is Blair echoing the thoughts of other like minded individuals but he is allowing others to voice an opinion and also giving them a voice to rally around.

  4. I believe it is a smart tactic for Blair to direct the thoughts of people in Britain. Following the video of ISIS members executing hostages the world needed to respond. When politicians see their own citizens being harmed they have even more pressure to come up with a response. Blair was following this notion and coming up with a response himself. In this age we are highly dependent upon the media to deliver us with narratives and facts so we can form our own opinion. Unlike other Media outlets Blair is not focusing his attention upon the whole Islam religion and community, he is putting his focus on the ISIS extremists alone. Blair is not the only person who has come out following these attacks calling for the world to respond. The Catholic Pope himself made a similar statement recently calling for the world to respond to the threats delivered by ISIS and saying that they are not following Islamic religious beliefs. Not only is Blair echoing the thoughts of other like minded individuals but he is allowing others to voice an opinion and also giving them a voice to rally around.

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