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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.

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

    Love Adichie. Thanks for sharing this video.

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

    Hooray!!! Thank you Selena!

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

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

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  5. 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.

    http://dangerofasinglestory.ning.com/

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