The Danger Of A Single Story.

This is a remarkable TED talk by a remarkable lady. I not only enjoyed hearing her talk, I went back and read the transcript too. Please do spend some time listening to her. Well worth the time you spend on it.

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10 Responses to The Danger Of A Single Story.

  1. That’s one reason America is so polarized, most people won’t try to understand people who disagree with them. Fortunately if we look we can find multiple stories on line and in good magazines and newspapers. We’re extremely lucky.
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    • I can’t think of any society that is not polarised to some degree or the other. In India, it is on religious, cast, language, colour and overriding it all on gender issues.

  2. so many true words…

  3. shackman says:

    A very interesting talk. But it is a chicken and egg issue. How would her roommate know anything different about Nigeria if it were not readily available? It is similar to history – it is typically written by the winners. The “story” is not always accurately portrayed. Thanks for bringing this talk to our attention.
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    • I think that it is perhaps exactly that point that she is trying to convey. Without knowledge of backgrounds, we tend to presume so many things based on vague and superficial information.

  4. Mother says:

    I have read her book “Half a Yellow Sun” and read about her then. I love what she has to say…how it cracks open our thinking and lets our biases roll out for us to see.
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  5. Max Coutinho says:

    Hello Rummy,

    Beautiful young African lady. I was left wondering whether she was sending subliminal messages to the authors of the quotes she shared or if she actually fell in the trap of the single story as well. Tricky.

    I have a Zambian friend who went to study in America. When he got there, American college students asked: “how did you get here”? He answered “I swam all the way here”…

    I can’t criticise Americans. I know Africans well enough to know that they fall for the Single Story all too often too (especially about white people).
    Another interesting thing to comment upon: she read British and American books and that compelled her to write about the British and American reality? Hmmm…I know Mozambican and Angolan writers who read Portuguese books while growing up but they started off writing about their local stories, their local realities, many times using expressions in their dialect; so the danger of the single story lied inside her head, inside the reality of the environment where she grew up, not in the story itself.

    I could be talking about this all day. But it was an interesting video to watch, nevertheless.

    Cheers, my friend

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