The danger of a single story

I’ve recently listened to a fascinating speech on TED. The main idea was that our lives and our cultures are composed of many overlapping stories. If we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. If we show a people as one thing – as only one thing – over and over again, then that is what they become. So Chimamanda Adichie’s belief is that the single story creates stereotypes, and ‘the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete; they make one story become the only story’.

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