Deep Dives is a section of NSDMDH that tries to unearth the reasons behind why stories work and why they affect us the way they do.

We've moved well into the second tenth of the 21st century, and we've forgotten so many things. We've forgotten how to fix what's broken, how to physically be in spaces together, and how to dwell in the world. Bernard Stiegler calls this hypomnesis, a word for forgetting things because we've learned how to get somebody or something else to do it for us. But the one thing we cannot afford forget is how to tell stories.

Storytelling is the most basic form of self-definition. How we recall and retell the things that happen to us on an everyday basis gradually shape the way that people see is and, ultimately, how we see ourselves. It is an important skill to learn, but also one that we often leave to another to acquire: the village storyteller, the writer, the filmmaker.

When we hand the telling of our stories to these figures, we also hand the way our own stories are told to them. That's fine for the most part -- professional (so as to speak) storytellers are, for that very reason, the professionals.

But you're here because you want to be one yourself. Or, perhaps, you want to take control of the stories told about/around you. Either way, welcome to the Deep Dive.

The Deep Dives is the result of several hours of instruction given at narrative, persuasion, and argumentation classes. New posts weekly, every Sunday 8 a.m.