Monday 29 October 2012

The Danger Of A Single Story

The Danger Of A Single Story was a speech spoken by Chimamanda Adichie, it was about how everyone has their own story. How people can ultimately assume things about you because of what they have heard or seen about you or where you are from. People make judgments about you without even knowing you as a person. They havent heard your story. They have yet to decide their own opinion of you. In her speech she talks abou her helper's family, the one thing that struck me is this quote: "All  I had heard about them was how poor they were, so it was impossible for me to see them anything but poor. Their poverty was my only story of them." What she is saying is when people hear things of a person, it is usually weird to think of them as anything else than what you have heard. It is the only thing you know about them. This is until you actually meet them. Another thing that was important in her speech was this quote: “Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.” What she meant by this comment was, that people with power can ultimately decide what your story is. Others may follow that story and make judgments about you, when the story may not be necessarily be true. These are the main points that I think Chimamanda Adichie speech was about.

In English we were told to listen to Chimamanda Adichie's speech and write notes that we thought were important. I found this exercise very good and helpful. Before this exercise I felt very uncomfortable with taking notes while listening to someone speek. I am not a very fast typer or writer so it is hard for me to finish my notes before I hear a another important thing that I have to quickly scribble down. I feel as if taking notes is always rushed for me. I felt like this note taking exercise was good to put into practice. I really enjoyed listening to Chimamanda Adichie's speech. She spoke wonderfully, and I truly found her inspiring. 

To listen to Chimamanda Adichie's speech click HERE.

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