Why I’d never do a TED talk (and it’s not just because they’re named after a man) – The Guardian

The rehearsed smugness of the presenters puts me off the content — which is all about making the simple sound profound

I liked some TED talks in the early days, but they quickly became a parody of themselves. They’re tied up with the tech CEO-worship that is severely harming the world, and they’ve become simply marketing tools for people with something to hawk.

The talks are so rehearsed that even the well-placed pauses and casual hair flicks look hideously false. TED bots strut around the stage, posing, delivering well-crafted smiles and frowns. It’s like amateur dramatics for would-be intellectuals.

Yep. It’s as if they all emulate Steve Jobs, who was arguably one of the best tech presenters of all time.

Many of the speakers state the blatantly obvious on a loop, sounding as though they have discovered the theory of relativity all over again. The pretentious gestures, rehearsed pauses and speech traits single them out from other public speakers. They appear to have learned the art of making the simplest ideas appear complex.

Yep.

Source: Why I’d never do a TED talk (and it’s not just because they’re named after a man) | Julie Bindel | Opinion | The Guardian

4 thoughts on “Why I’d never do a TED talk (and it’s not just because they’re named after a man) – The Guardian

  1. I tend to agree. I love TED talks, but as they proliferate in quantity and subject, their quality seems to be declining. And many become formulaic. Earlier TED talks seemed to be presented by experts in their respective fields, backed by reasonable bodies of scientific experiment and evidence. Newer TED talks often favor one person’s life experience or their personal opinion. I’d hate to the TED platform become another Reddit or Facebook, but sometimes it feels it’s going that way.

  2. I tend to agree. I love TED talks, but as they proliferate in quantity and subject, their quality seems to be declining. And many become formulaic. Earlier TED talks seemed to be presented by experts in their respective fields, backed by reasonable bodies of scientific experiment and evidence. Newer TED talks often favor one person’s life experience or their personal opinion. I’d hate to the TED platform become another Reddit or Facebook, but sometimes it feels it’s going that way.

  3. Critics like the defensive team never get to see the goal. TED talks are not for critics but for us immature nutcases that want to listen to. someone smarter than us so we don’t have to listen to the news.

  4. Critics like the defensive team never get to see the goal. TED talks are not for critics but for us immature nutcases that want to listen to. someone smarter than us so we don’t have to listen to the news.

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