“Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.”
― Tim O'Brien
Due date: Friday, September 6.
We know that writers, especially non-fiction writers, are supposed to be loyal to the truth. That idea seems simple at first, but as we examine the concept more fully, it becomes apparent that truth is a difficult concept to define.
Here, Ken Burns, a respected American director of documentary films, talks about the difficulty storytellers can have with the truth and how film makers tell 24 lies per second to bring an audience closer to the truth.
Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.
For the first week of Quest 8 English, we're discussing and expanding on your interpretations of the meaning of Truth. We'll come up with a wide variety of possible definitions and characteristics for the concept of truth, but we were unable to come up with a broad definition that could satisfy everyone. Your first blog entry should tackle this difficult situation.
Take a look at the following questions and respond in any way you choose on your blog. Try to include the word "Truth" somewhere in your post's title.
- What is truth to you?
- What should all readers and/or writers know about the truth?
- What does it mean to be loyal to the truth?
- In what ways can a writer best find and report the truth?
- Can you find or link to a story/video/podcast that exemplifies the pursuit of Truth.
Your response should be thorough and personal, capturing your unique voice and perspective. Try to write at least 300 words. A true blog will contain links to outside sources or responses to the thoughts of the other blogs in the class.
Due date: Friday, September 6
My Journalism class tackled this subject last year. Here's a look at what a few of them had to say after the second day of class. They may be able to help you think about this topic, but their form is much more informal than yours should be.