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Feyisayo Anjorin

Freelance Director, Afro-Carribean Media Group


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Do we have any nation where minority rights are as important as the rights of the majority?

The TED talk 'Danger of a Single Story' by Chimamanda Adichie is quite insightful.
But let us consider a democracy; in a democracy it is the decision of the majority that shapes the society. The media targets the majority and tries to please them.
Is it possible for it to be otherwise?
An effect of the media is that the voice of the majority is presented as the decent and right choice. A sort of societal face.

Only a few African nations have a prosperous majority. Some African states are dysfunctional; there are those who seem to be constantly at war.
So, I believe that some stories are believable than others; some things are easy to find in a certain place than in some other place;
some things are usual and common in certain places. There may be a few dots on a white wall, but if the dots are not significant in size we will still call it a white wall.

This affects storytellers and the audience in various way. Is it possible to avoid the art, social and media classification called 'mainstream'?


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  • Aug 27 2012: I think it is possible.

    If the mainstream is a market, and if people with goods and services to sell (to the mainstream) are the industry, the industry would naturally seek a market, even in the sense of ideas. People may look for narratives that seem familiar. So, when familiarized with "Mainstream thinking," people may seek just the same.

    Not all life may occur in any one cultural mainstream, though. No industry is an island to itself.

    In a more personal comment, I think it's safe to say that Diversity keeps the mainstream afloat

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