TED Talks are basically a stupid person’s idea of what an intelligent person speaking for 20 minutes should be. They are vapid. They are insufferable. They are masturbatory. They are basically a chance for some mildly successful person to feel like a world-beater. They are one of those things that justifiably make conservative people hate my fellow liberal brethren.
“TED is like a concentrated version of NPR – the richest, whitest, most self-congratulatory circle jerk of elites spewing breathless bullshit. That is not to say that there are no good TED talks; that is to say that you’ll probably never get to the good TED talks because you’ll tire of wading through the garbage. Like NPR, it tries to appease its white-as-hell audience by injecting the kind of buzzwordy ‘diversity’ that a white-as-hell audience wants to see (‘Drawing inspiration from Kanye West and Adele, singer-songwriter Elle Varner writes about girl power and fun in an eclectic mix of hip-hop and soul.’) Unlike NPR, they follow it immediately with another Business Casual asshole from the Wharton School yammering on about microlending.”
I’m grateful that somebody has articulated just what it is that makes me want to gargle battery acid whenever I come across one of these things.