Monday, 29 October 2012

The Danger of a Single Story

"So that is how to create a single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become...Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person" - Adichie 

 I just wanted to share the recent TED Talk my Gr 8s have been viewing in class in light of our current unit and their upcoming Chiang Mai trip. It is by Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie. In it, she explores how all our stories intersect, overlap, compliment, complicate and enrich our experiences. But she further explains that even if this is so, there is still a tendency for a single, definitive story to emerge that ends up defining people.  She eloquently warns that if we only hear ONE story about a person, culture, country, we open ourselves up to incomplete, unbalanced understanding/knowledge/definitions/experiences of that person, culture or country.

Just in case you need to quote some lines, you can find the complete transcript of the TED Talk  here...

So what did you think?  I would love to hear what you thought of her assertions.

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