I've had a nagging suspicion for a while now that TED talks
were becoming more and more like video representations of snake oil shows or SCIgen papers
, but I always felt I was alone in this regard. All the cool kids were into TED, and the water cooler conversations always seemed to include the sentence "... so I heard this one thing in a TED talk...", so what was wrong with me?
Turns out, I'm not as alone as I thought.
Nathan Jurgenson at The New Inquiry
(not one of my regular hangouts...) has written a pretty good summation of what I've been feeling all along.
TED attempts to present itself as fresh, cutting edge, and outside the box but often fails to deliver. It’s become the Urban Outfitters of the ideas world, finding “cool” concepts suitable for being packaged and sold to the masses, thereby extinguishing the “cool” in the process. Cutting-edge ideas not carrying the Apple-esque branding are difficult to find.
In case you haven't noticed, the phenomenon is endemic enough to warrant it's own Onion parody series
, and comedian Sam Hyde even crashed the party back in October '13, with predictably hilarious results:
I'll give them this though, the folks at TED have taken the jabs with grace, and even offered their own tips based on the, *ahem*, advice
subtley gleaned from the ensuing jocundity: http://blog.ted.com/...can-learn-from-them/
DED Talks. High TED Talks. Onion Talks. Here in the TED office, you will often hear chuckles as someone watches one of the quickly growing crop of TED spoofs floating in the ether. And surprisingly, there are some pretty good lessons for speakers embedded in these spoofs.
So, what say you? Am I still alone? Does TED tickle your futurist gland? or leave you facepalming at all the nulla substantia
Or, if you'd rather have your Ulnar nerve
percussed, make up your own TED talk! -> http://www.vanityfai...nference-talks-humor
The art of faux profundity:
9 Easy steps to your own audience-flattering TED talk
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