Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Danger of a Single Story

Recently in English, we have been looking at the following video regarding how the perspectives we look at stories and recaps of events can change our entire vision on things. Have a look; what do you think? (to read the content instead click here)

The lady in the video is Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian born storyteller who shares here thoughts and perspective on the power and importance of stories. This video has changed my way of thinking and has taught me how to be more aware of bias viewpoints and learn more about how they affect the way we see the world around us. Throughout watching this video, I had taken notes and consolidated them into 3 main ideas that I would like to share with you.

1.) Due to stereotypes and other bias influences, we are easily persuaded by a side of a story that does not always embrace the truth. To overcome this, we have to be able to decipher the facts that we are given to swallow.

2.) Stories help us to express our thoughts, opinions and personalities. Through these stories, we show our identity ad share our true stories.

3.) Because of pressure from the governments and political influences, stories tend to be twisted from the truth, leaving us to from our own conclusions from studying both sides to a story, as by use looking at the beginnings to the stories, we can notice vast differences in the content of the same story.

I feel that the main point of this video is to show how even though stories can be twisted in the favour of one party, as long as we have the ability to look at multiple viewpoints, we can learn from them and therefore enhance our knowledge.

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