“It turned out none of us had any original ideas. So instead we gave them a Facebook page.”
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: