Apparently some folks at The Onion have figured out TED Talks.
Now … I had watched exactly one TED talk all the way through in my life — and that was Mike Rowe’s. It was really good. Because it highlighted a problem in our culture that’s real and tangible. The solution, of course, is to stop seeing jobs that don’t require spending years in front of TED professors to get a Kudos certificate — as somehow demeaning work, unworthy of our efforts or praise. I thought it was really good. It actually illustrated egghead, theory-saturated policy makers being wrong, and people who actually … you know, do stuff … being right. (I guess technically it wasn’t a TED talk, it was included by TEDin a “TED Partnership Series”)
But most TED talks, which is why I never got through any of the others I’ve tried … came off just a LITTLE more … like this:
The self-appointed idea guys? Those are your statists. They want the job of being paid to give their brilliant visions of the world – which are usually snake-oil. I think in many ways these are the new Snake Oil Salesmen.Loading Likes...