A colleague chatted with me today about some stuff happening on campus and used the term ‘metanarrative’. I guess I looked confused because he explained: metanarratives are simplistic explanations for what happens in society. In his view, metanarrative become easy answers for complex problems, and we need to be cautious about understanding discourse that is a metanarrative.
Some would call them simplistic ideologies. Wikipedia (oh you know you do it too) offers: “a metanarrative offers a society legitimation through the anticipated completion of a (as yet unrealized) master idea.”
In some ways, this reminds me of mythologies that try to become real.
What do you think are the MTurk metanarratives? Definitely one is that it is ‘fast and cheap’.