"Using your brains to think of an idea, and skills to implement it - that's the old model"by Toby Manhire
Using Social Media To Cover For Lack Of Original Thought - the sixth Onion Talk. (And the first five, too.)
The most frightening thing about this very funny "Onion talk" - the sixth in their new series of "the most important ideas from the greatest thinkers on the planet" - is that it's almost indistinguishable from the cult it is lampooning.
The target of the Onion's wit is, of course, the wildly popular Ted phenomenon. But they originally sought a partnership. From a blog on the new series at the New Yorker:
Sam West, the head writer of the Onion Talks series, imagined it would be just like TED, “only instead of a good idea, it will be a ludicrous one.” At first, he said, “We actually reached out to TED to see if they were interested in collaborating with us. But when they saw what we were up to, they didn’t really think it was an idea worth spreading.”
New Zealand's own excellent Pantograph Punch had its own, very funny stab at the sometimes daft excesses of Ted-speak a few months back. That's here.
As long as we have your attention, below are the rest of the Onion Talks so far:
Olivia Lynch, partnerships and events manager for Bike Auckland, recommends a weekend cycling excursion.Read more
Growing up immersed in waiata (and the sounds of Bob Marley and Elvis Presley), soul singer Teeks has a voice that gives people shivers.Read more
Wellington’s CentrePort’s “marathon” quake rebuild is led by a chief executive who has lived through the experience before.Read more
We don't want any David Cunliffe cod-bogan attempts to get down with the peeps, but MPs seem to be going way too far in the other direction this year.Read more