"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:
Neil Oliver's live shows are based on a prolific career of making the past come alive on television and in print.Read more
Hilary Barry takes over Seven Sharp and ex-Green candidate Hayley Holt replaces her on Breakfast. But not all are happy at the seat shuffling.Read more
Work is being done around the clock to install 90,000 solar powered LED lights on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.Read more
A new study has found "baby brain" is real, but mums-to-be shouldn't worry - it doesn't make a dramatic impact on daily life.Read more
Comprehensive and personal, Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people is a rewarding read.Read more