During this last week we looked at what makes a good story. We were able to chose what video we watched out of six videos, and I watched the first one. It talked about how it is important to tell more than one story.
If only one story of an event is told, then only one point of view of the story can be told. That could lead to misunderstandings. Everyone experiences things differently so if only one story is told, it is possible that someone could have misunderstood exactly what happened and then the wrong story could be told. Also sometimes people will kind of twist the story in their own special way to make stories seem more interesting.
It is important to tell multiple stories so that this does not happen. With many stories, it is easier to pick out the true things from the untrue. You can find the truth from parts of the stories that are repeated in every story.
Telling only one story can lead to stereotypes. That is what was said in the Ted Talk that talked about telling more than one story. The example that was used in the Ted Talk was that the speaker was from Africa and she said that many people just automatically felt bad for her because they only heard only one story of Africa. That story was that Africa was full of starving people living in little huts. However, that is not the case whatsoever. Sure, there are poor people in Africa, but not all people are poor. Also there are cities and not everyone is starving, and living in huts. If they had heard more than one story, they would know that.