by Hrag Vartanian on December 17, 2012
On the heels of my review of the Flickr app and Instagram’s problematic privacy issues, this Onion video nails it.
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What’s great about this video is how it reveals how irritating, glib, and easily parodied the TED Talks format is. The overall tone is so “We’re not just telling you about our ideas, we’re telling you about our smart ideas for smart people. Doesn’t this special information make you feel special!” -when, in fact, the whole thing is just a big circle jerk for the participants and any of those 15 minutes lectures could be condensed into an article that takes five minutes to actually read. I usually find NPR shows insufferable for about the same reasons.
Well put, Elwyn. The format is kind of a joke, isn’t it. The Onion has been spoofing the TED talk format for a while, and off of their jokes about TED are pretty brilliant! http://gizmodo.com/5956248/the-onions-ted-talk-parodies-keep-getting-better-and-more-scathing
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