Fact Or Fiction?
question needs to be asked, is this column fact or fiction? The answer
is both. It is a column that discusses real facts and real people, but
the discussion is done by fictitious people in a fictitious setting.
So why is the author writing a column that utilizes fictitious characters to tell true stories?
answer is that his goal in this column is not just to communicate
facts. He wants to see these facts bring a healthy change to our
society. And he realizes from history that sometimes presenting the
truth in the format of fiction has more effect toward changing the
behavior of a society than the writings of the most accurate news
reporters. Consider, for example, works such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Les Miserables,
etc. Oftentimes, fiction stirs our emotions and drives us to action
more than simple facts presented in a clear and accurate manner.
that's why the author has chosen this format for his new column. He
feels that his decision to go in this direction is a wise one. And he
hopes that the readers will feel the same way.