Databases and narratives are interesting to compare to each other because of how they differ, but also how similar they are. Let’s think about the ways in which they are similar to each other. Databases are made as an encyclopedia of different sources, whether it be pictures, words, letters, or anything that can be categorized. Meanwhile, narratives take the elements that are used in a database and makes sense out of them.
It’s comprehensible to seethe benefits of each of these categories of forms of literature (databases and narratives) Starting with the database, a list of items make up a database for no real reason at all except to inform the user base of an encyclopedia for example. In an English encyclopedia, one can find the meanings, etymologies, function, and pronunciation of a word. This is good for learning how to speak, read, and write in English. However one might want to see these words in context, and therefore can go to a narrative, which has those words used in sentences, and are used to drive a certain plot, which I and most other people think is more entertaining and intellectually stimulating than an encyclopedia.
However when thinking about these two categories of literature, we have to acknowledge that databases have ultimately come before narratives. In other words, before people could make rhetoric out of the words they were using, the words would have to have been made, which would have been written down in encyclopedias. Below I have a video posted comparing databases and narratives that could possibly further our conversation of this topic of the language of media.