Here for the first time, a complete taxonomy of Ted Talks.
- Ted Talk: Someone with a wireless headset talking profoundiness gibberish about some heart rending nonsense
- TedX Talk: No actual penetration
- TedXXX Talk: Malcolm Gladwell 69s with Madeline Albright
You are welcome, internet.
“You’ve probably seen ‘s now-famous TED Talk”
I saw this statement in a post, and I can guarantee you that for whatever person you substitute, I have not. TED is yet another thing I am supposed to love without question but is an anti-brand to me. I can’t get excited about forced profundity or delighted that rich technocrats throw the commoners a few crumbs by letting us see the videos of these stilted, affected performances from their parties for themselves.
This is not unrelated to the notion that we are supposed to love high production value podcasts but with shows like This American Life, the production itself is what makes it unpalatable to me. I’ve had enough artifice and slickness, now I’m searching for the visceral, the joyful and the authentic.