Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by Michelle Hwang

Chimamanda illustrates a concise picture in our heads with her strong speech. She justifies that stories are often told from only one point of view that depicts people or things to be a certain way. An example of this is that Asians are often portrayed as the “nerd” or the “loser” in films and literature. Another example of this is how many people of African decent play as a “gangster” or a “criminal.” Representation of these people in a certain way–especially for minorities–can be extremely harmful for them in society. Chimamanda mentions how “immigration became synonymous to Mexicans. There were many stories as to how they were fleecing the healthcare system, sneaking across the border, [and] getting arrested at the border” in America. Stereotypes can be very harmful in a world where some people are more privileged and make judgements based off of one’s social or financial status. They are incomplete stories that cause one thing to seem a certain way. It’s not that they are not true, it is just the biased version that does not tell the complete story. It often forces opinions upon people hence many Americans frowning upon Mexicans in Chimamanda’s quote. It is important that we as the viewers, should always try our best to view all sides of things and consider all possibilities in order to prevent stereotypes and prejudice from forming within our beliefs. Nevertheless, we as mass social media users also have a role in amplifying those who have smaller voices within society by shedding light on the other side of the stories. We have the ability to show more authenticity of things.

Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by nicoled

People who believe in a single story perspective as factual evidence, are uneducated and ignorant. When Chimamanda explains how her professor said her novel wasn’t ‘authentic African’ (as it shows first-world living rather than a poverty lifestyle,which Africa is usually shown as pure poverty) it shows how her professor used ‘fact’ to present his opinion.
He made this ‘fact’ due to what stereotypes or assumptions the western world has implemented on African living and culture. The only stories the western world has heard about Africa are stories about starvation, illness and little resources. This definitely true, however, marking it as ‘fact’ on all of Africa is just ignorant. Lots of countries in Africa are in poverty, which we should bring our attention to, but we should also show attention to the parts of Africa that are growing and developing, just as we are. We should also bring more attention to poverty in countries like India, Russia, China and even Canada! There’s poverty all over the world and through the single story we hear so frequently about Africa, we can forget about the poverty in front of our own eyes. Single stories are usually true, but they are never the only story.

Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by michelley

In “The Danger of a Single Story,” presented beautifully by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she speaks of the consequences that a single story or perspective bears. Knowing only one side to a story, an incomplete story or the stereotypes, leads to people being robbed of not only information but also their dignity. As Chimamanda Adichie says in her Ted Talk, “I have always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person.” People cannot understand each other if they have only a singular image of each other and base all of their interactions off of that image. This ignorance is what causes these single stories- the oversimplified worldview of a world which has too many complex layers to count. As Adichie says, “Stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.” Connecting back to Stuart McLean’s “Emil,” Morley searches deeper and finds Emil’s many stories. Although everyone else sees Emil as less than human, or somebody to pity, Morley sees past that and sees Emil as a human, an equal. Thus, there is a certain power in having a plethora of stories, different stories, allows you to understand things fully and

Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by Elyjah

What I took away from Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk on the dangers of single stories was that we need more diverse stories in the media to eliminate stereotypes in our society. One step we can take to more diverse stories is hiring more women in the film industry. Over the years, the statistics have gotten better but there are still far fewer women working in the film industry than men. And by working I don’t just mean acting. Yes, it’s important that we have strong female leads in Hollywood films but it’s important now that we introduce more female talent behind the camera. Last year, of the hundred highest grossing films of the year, women made up 4% of directors, 11% of writers, 3% of cinematographers, 19% of producers and 14% of editors. A female cinematographer has never been nominated for an Oscar and only one woman has one the Oscar for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker). In order to reject the single stories in blockbuster movies we must empower new and diverse talent from female filmmakers.

Comment on Talons English 10: View and Respond #1 by megan

A single story is a cover of a book.  A lot of people were taught to never judge a book by it’s cover, so why do people judge others by a single story.  In her Ted Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the dangers of a single story.  She stated that “The single story creates stereotypes”(13:14).  It creates stereotypes the same way people look at paintings.  When looking at a painting, you discover the overall picture.  If you look close enough and research the work of art enough, you can find all the tiny details and hidden messages that lay within it.  Those details and messages make the painting what it is.  If you just see the overall picture you are robbing the painting of it’s identity.  The problem is that society does not take enough time to discover the identity of the whole canvas.  To change this people must stop and take a look around.  Look at every spec on that beautifully crafted art work.  Read a book that you haven’t seen the cover of it yet.  Most of all, be open minded to everything and everyone.  For no one deserves to be judged by a single story.