The hero’s journeys and the carrier-bag

Boat stories, like hero’s journeys and carrier-bag stories, are a good way to understand the human condition. They are especially good as a mental model of blogging.

In the beginning

The theory, building on the significance of containers (bags, baskets) to early humans — the default human here is female of course — in forager societies, offers a model of narrative as a “carrier bag” of community context and its evolution. It is a model that stands in radical opposition to the hero’s journey model of narrative.

Adventure seeker

Boat stories, like hero’s journeys and carrier-bag stories, are a good way to understand the human condition. They are especially good as a mental model of blogging.

At the end

This gives me a satisfying understanding of boat theory as applied to blogging: a blog is a public in a boat, sailing the zeitgeist seas, primarily fishing for sustenance, but not entirely averse to the memetic winds blowing you off to strange and distance places, where you can have premium mediocre intellectual adventures.