Christian Long

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

In TED Talks on May 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Extra credit reflection by SARAH C.

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Chimamanda Adichie:  The Danger of a Single Story

Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk is about the dangers in believing in a single story. If you only believe in that the media is talking about and showing pictures about, it is very easy to get caught up in believing in a single story. The reality is that there are all types of people all over the world. Just because you came from a certain place doesn’t mean that your any different from someone born somewhere else. We are all the same and sometimes people find is heard to believe that because they have been believing in the single story for too long.

This video really opened my eyes.

I have to admit that I did believe in the single story. I thought the part in the video where she was talking about how her professor thought her paper lacked ” African authenticity”, was interesting because even her college professor believed in the single story. Chimamanda Adichie didn’t even know what “African authenticity” was. Chimamanda even added that even she is guilty of believing in a single story. A few years ago she visited Mexico, She was a little surprised in what she saw there. At the time of her trip There was a lot of stories about people sneaking across the border and being arrested at the border. But when she got there, she saw that the people in Mexico acted the same way people did back home.

This TED talk really changed the way I think of the world and about the people that live in different countries. This video kept my attention through out the video. It really changed the way i think about other countries. I would recommend my friends and family to watch this video.


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