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Open Access 7 Constructing the Landscape of Consciousness in News Stories

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7 Constructing the Landscape of Consciousness in News Stories

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Story tellers focus on some consequences of an action while keeping silent on others in order to increase the favourability of a behavioural alternative. Some narratives may be more suitable for gaining an understanding of a person's actions whereas others would prove better at illuminating the consequences of certain actions. For instance, Mark Haddon's novel The curious incident of the dog in the night time is very popular among school teachers, not only for its entertainment value, but also because it provides a view of the landscape of consciousness of an autistic boy. By and large, a narrative in which the landscape of action is emphasized appears to feed into the manipulation dimension of social intelligence, whereas a narrative emphasizing the landscape of consciousness serves the understanding and predicting dimensions. This chapter focuses on journalistic background stories and the function they may serve.

Keywords: characters' actions; journalistic background stories; Mark Haddon; social cognition function; story tellers



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