Notes from An Alien

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The Danger of A Single Story

One story, about anything, can be extremely dangerous. Most novels relate their theme from many characters’ perspectives–many stories. Most news media cling to Single Stories.

What’s the danger?

If the Single Story is believed, there may follow certain prejudices or biases.

Also, a Single Story can have many variations while remaining “Single”.

Tarie Sabido, one of my Google Plus friends, shared a video that explores this Single Story concept.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, has garnered many statements of praise for her writing, such as, “We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.”

Let yourself be drawn in by this storyteller as she reveals the danger of the Single Story…

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24 responses to “The Danger of A Single Story

  1. Simone Benedict September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    This writer speaks truth. There are so many narratives constructed that form false, but accepted, identities, it’s mind-boggling. Thank you for posting this Alexander. I’m looking forward to checking out the works of the writer.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Yes, Simone, this woman speaks such Truth that I need to consider how to carve out time to read her books………


  3. Selena September 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Love Adichie. Thanks for sharing this video.


  4. Alexander M Zoltai September 20, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Selena, have you read her work??


  5. Selena September 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

    A friend sent me this video a few months ago and ‘Purple Hibiscus’ is next on my reading list. She made such an impression on me.


  6. Alexander M Zoltai September 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Well, Selena, if you get to reading it before I do, would you like to write a review for this blog??


  7. Selena September 20, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I’d be proud to.


  8. Alexander M Zoltai September 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Cool :-) Send it to amzolt [at] gmail [dot] com


  9. Selena September 20, 2011 at 2:28 am

    you got it.


  10. Simone Benedict September 20, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Hooray!!! Thank you Selena!


  11. Cassy Lark September 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    What a beautiful woman with many beautiful stories. Thank you for sharing.


  12. Alexander M Zoltai September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Oh, my, Cassy, you’re certainly welcome :-)


  13. Gill November 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I had seen this talk by Adichie a while back. I was absolutely touched by it. Infact I have started a community inspired by her talk that aims at breaking stereotypes based on race, religion or nationality. If anyone of you will like to join the community please feel free to do so. Lets contribute together and find a way to tackle this complex issue. Here is a link to the community. Feel free to join.


  14. Alexander M Zoltai November 14, 2011 at 12:36 am


    Thank you for letting us know about your worthy endeavor…


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