Gated Institutional Narrative

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The gated institutional narrative (GIN) is a sociological phenomenon describing the often heavily generalised nature in which information is presented by the media, politicians and other sectors of the commentariat. It is a neologism commonly attributed to mathematician, economist and author, Eric Weinstein.

The manner in which different gated institutional narratives emerge can be attributed to the logic of the sociological method where individuals make sense of the world. This is most apparent when an institution (media outlet, politician etc) lies to the public, misrepresents the truth or omits information. Such actions are motivated by the belief that the public are unable to follow the analytical subtext of an argument and require the use of narrative instead.

Arguably, it is the sociological equivalence of academic malpractice.[1][1]

Any GIN can be identified as an institutional narrative that, for whatever reason, creates for itself an exclusive arbiter of ideas and chooses to condemn alternative sense-making apparatuses.[2]

In essence, an institutional condemnation of any alternative analysis to its own is what forms the figurative 'gating'..

Incidentally, this pattern has led to an increasing number of unofficial members of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW).[3]

The IDW is humorously named 'dark' to recognize those who involuntarily become rogue/stealth as a result of being "excommunicated" by gated institutional narratives.[2].[2]

Recent examples of modern GINs and relative alternative sense makers include but are not limited to:

  • Evergreen State College: Bret Weinstein[4]
  • Parliament of Canada: Jordan Peterson[5]
  • Google: James Damore[6][7]
  • Feminism: Christina Hoff Sommers[8]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Rubin Report (25 September 2018). "Eric Weinstein: The Future of The Intellectual Dark Web" – via YouTube.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eric Weinstein (7 June 2018). "Why the "Intellectual Dark Web" has such a crazy name" – via YouTube.
  3. Daum, Meghan. "A new movement to speak truth to identity politics is our best hope against regressive thinking". latimes.com.
  4. PowerfulJRE (2 June 2017). "Joe Rogan Experience #970 - Bret Weinstein" – via YouTube.
  5. Jordan B Peterson (18 May 2017). "2017/05/17: Senate hearing on Bill C16" – via YouTube.
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20170809220001if_/https://diversitymemo-static.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Googles-Ideological-Echo-Chamber.pdf
  7. "How the Internet got the 'Google memo' wrong - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  8. PowerfulJRE (18 November 2015). "Joe Rogan Experience #724 - Christina Sommers" – via YouTube.


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