Description is the pattern of narrative development that presents a word picture of a thing, a person, a situation, or a series of events.
Description is one of four rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse), along with exposition, argumentation, and narration. Each of the rhetorical modes is present in a variety of forms and each has its own purpose and conventions.
The act of description may be related to that of definition.
yes.. much like thinking we have to define/label.. getting in the way of us
Description is also the fiction-writing mode for transmitting a mental image of the particulars of a story.
John Hagel (@jhagel) tweeted at 6:18 AM – 23 Jun 2018 :
Addressing a challenge that George Orwell foresaw 70 years ago – the job of writers right now is to describe what we do not yet see, or what we see but cannot yet describe, which is a condition almost indistinguishable from not seeing https://t.co/htq9nbGTxz (http://twitter.com/jhagel/status/1010497236172591104?s=17)
article by @mashagessen
orwell: ‘..Unless spontaneity enters at some point or another, literary creation is impossible, and language itself becomes something totally different from what it is now, we may learn to separate literary creation from intellectual honesty. At present we know only that the imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity.’
When we engage with the lies—and engaging with these lies is unavoidable and even necessary—we forfeit the imagination. But the imagination is where democracy lives.
i’m thinking description ness forfeits the imagination
Fighting to preserve things as they are inevitably becomes a battle to think and speak of things in certain ways, either defensively or preëmptively. In trying to salvage the meaning of words as they pertain to the present, we keep words and concepts from evolving. Salvaged words quickly dry up and crack. Then they fail. We face the future empty-handed, language-wise; we are dumb in the face of the future.
And yet I think this is the job of writers right now: to describe what we do not yet see, or what we see but cannot yet describe, *which is a condition almost indistinguishable from not seeing.
*i think there’s a huge diff.. and am guessing it’s in the thinking we have to describe things (in word/print) that is keeping us thinking they are the same/indistinguishable..
I want to find a way to describe a world in which people are valued not for what they produce but for who they are—in which dignity is not a precarious state..t
Above all, find a way to describe a world in which the way things are is not the way things have always been and will always be, in which imagination is not only operant but prized and nurtured.
hard to describe.. other than.. ongoingly changing.. ie: bravery to change
And find a way to describe many other things that are true but not seen, seen but not spoken, and things that are not but could be..t
perhaps less describing (having a description).. more being..
lisa’s w/o a map:
i was graced w an indescribable feeling and awareness of the infinite..this intuition settle into me as truth. it was not something i could see, touch, or prove. i can still barely find words to describe it, but i knew it..