#CritLit2010 Story Telling as a Critical Literacy

Here is a story that conveys an experience of the sort of perceptual agility storytelling delivers:
Source: Simmons, Annette. (2007). Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins. p15-16
An old farmer patiently spent part of each afternoon talking with a nosy neighbour, who visited him about the same time every day.
One afternoon during his daily visit, the neighbour suddenly exclaimed, “Did you buy a new horse?  Yesterday you only had one horse, now I see two.”
The farmer told the neighbour how this horse, unmarked and apparently without an owner, wandered into his barn.  He explained that he had asked everyone he knew, and since no one owned the horse he decided he would care for it until they found its owner.
The neighbour said, “You are such a lucky man.  Yesterday you had only one horse and today you have two.”  The farmer said, “Perhaps, we shall see.”
The next day the farmer’s son tried to ride the new horse.  He fell and broke his leg.  That afternoon the neighbour said, “You are an unlucky man.  Your son now can’t help you in the fields.”  The farmer said, “Perhaps, we shall see.”
The third day the army came through the village looking for young men to conscript to fight.  The farmer’s son was not taken because he had a broken leg.  The neighbour again said, “You are a lucky man,” and again the farmer said, “Perhaps, we shall see.”
This story is quite similar to a famous Chinese story which reads (based on my memory):
There was once a poor farmer called Choi Yung (an old man) and he owned a horse in his farm.  One night, his horse ran away via a broken fence.  When Choi Yung found that his horse had run away next morning, he tried searching around, but still could not find her.  So Choi Yung was very sad and thought:”I am so unlucky”
After a few weeks, Choi Yung heard loud galloping noises and that woke him up in the morning. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a herd of horses who were led by his lost horse entering his farm.
The moral of this story is that even though Choi Yung has lost his horse, such unlucky incident could bring him a fortune.
Photo: Flickr (Life on the Farm)
Hope you like this story.
There are many digital stories…. and surely we all like to share.
How about yours?

Do you agree?
Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

2 thoughts on “#CritLit2010 Story Telling as a Critical Literacy

  1. Hi John I’m thinking about transparency and story and connection. As Siemens understands it’s in being transparent about where you are who etc that others can connect with your story and attach their own story to yours? This has the capacity for co creation of a larger story ( I don’t use the “crowd source” term which you used in another post as it is a marketing reference to sucking info from social network
    sites). This shared story may even be an archetypal one and therefore resonate more broadly across communities.

    I understand that people can manipulate thru stories but also that people seek authenticity and that thru transparency my story/stories will connect only with those that are truly interested and that frees up my energy to focus on my interest and enjoy theirs.

    I think the” win” is open to personal interpretation of course but for me I don’t need scale just relevancy and authenticity and feedback helps too.

  2. Pingback: #CritLit2010 The Power of Story as a Critical Literacy Part 1 « Suifaijohnmak's Weblog

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