TED Talks used to be ideas worth spreading, but nowadays not so much. You may have heard of a TED through the internet, or a teacher shared it during lecture. You also may have been impressed by the knowledge and inspiration the TED talks have instilled upon you. Great!
That was 2 years ago, at least for me. The main value TED talks provided was the inspiration or information that they provided in order to change the way a person thinks. Lately, the ideas aren’t inspirational or insightful anymore.
It’s crazy because people pay so much money to listen to some of the stupidest people. The people who speak during TED talks are seen as smart individuals who can help you improve your life. $7500. For $7500, you can go sit in one of these intellectual talks. People paid $7500 to listen to some schmuck tell you how to tie your shoes. HOW TO TIE YOUR SHOES! Another video teaches you how to use paper towels, because apparently the 1 million+ viewers on YouTube did not know how.
One of the stupidest TED talk is Looks aren’t everything. In this, a supermodel tells the audience that looks don’t matter and that they aren’t everything, after she admits that she was born with these gifts. That’s like someone being born with a billion dollars and telling people that they don’t need money. Sure she can tell me that looks don’t matter – if she had a purpose, or scientific evidence to back up her claims. I thought she was going to say something profound, but no, she just told 5 million people on YouTube she’s attractive and the talk ends. (Sidenote: She fine as hell, damn.)
I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch TED talks, I have some favorites like the body language one and architectural philosophy. They actually taught me lessons and inspired me to be a better person. It’s just nowadays, I think that TED is more concerned about pushing massive amounts of content, while only some are actually worthy your time. It’s definitely oversaturated with useless videos.
Now why should you care? Because, time is valuable, and I wasted it. Consider this post my transcript of a TED talk: “How I gained back hours worth of wasted time by incorporating it into my homework.” 😉