Observation and Exposition
Narrative exposition is the insertion of background information within a story.
Expository and observational presentation modes, both:
- attempt to show subjective or objective truth;
- use images to deepen understanding or to advance the argument;
- impressional: have effect on mind, feelings, thoughts;
- introductory: presentation with background and contextual information;
- Observation is about showing reality,
- Exposition is more about a well-supported argument.
A good observation should be expository, in my opinion. It is beneficial to critically process own impressions with reason and to separate facts and opinions. And a good exposition should be rooted in carefully observed reality.
In the expository* mode:
- prioritize evidence and logic, ideas over aesthetics;
- explain concepts, convey knowledge;
- apply evidentiary editing and conceptualism; use formal academic, business, technical, or scientific writing, as well as argumentative speech (essay, monologue, tutorial, news story, review).
* I found that an expository mode of writing or film editing can have almost opposite meanings under different approaches . For my purposes of classification, I went with "exposition" as a sort of evidence-based persuasion, also because it is almost impossible to produce a purely factual all-encompassing opinion-less non-bias creation.
Sub-modes of exposition for expressing meaning or purpose: