Technology, Entertainment and Design Talks…aka TED Talks

With the over-flood of academic sources the Internet offers, most of us have already explored through some and chosen our favorite go-to’s. For me, that source is TED talks. I see them as the epitome of interactive learning of this generation. The talks range from science, health, and research, to culture and media and everything in between. Speakers are given up to 18 minutes to lecture on their subject of expertise, and can include slideshows, videos, statistics and audience-engaging exercises while doing so. I think it’s also imperative to understand the science behind the 18-minute rule.

Because this module revolves around major concepts- network, society and media- it’s very easy to find Ted Talks that back up what we learn in our lectures and seminars.

During our week 2 seminar we discussed the negative and positive affects of social media. Many of us agreed that social media can sometimes disconnect us from the world around us. This first video is of social media historian Allison Graham speaking on how social media (ironically) makes us unsocial, she backs up what we discussed and gives us more insight as well.

In this second video, Daryl D’Souza, a co-owner of the Toronto-based Lou Dawg’s restaurants and marketing professor at Ryerson University talks about how social media has a great potential to help a brand/company gain a global reach. This emphasizes what we’ve discussed about learning to use platforms to our greatest advantage. This video really shows how the speakers can make powerful connects between two different topics.

Do you enjoy Ted Talks? Why or why not?

Do you think watching Ted Talks is the same as being in a classroom lecture? Or better or worse?

Also, comment a link to your favorite Ted Talk, even if it doesn’t revolve around the main focuses of this module.




  1. TED Talks are definitely a great tool for understanding key concepts that we are discussing in this course. It’s pretty cool that the TED platform allows us access into conversations and presentations that in the past we would have missed out on. The other great thing about the talks is the amount of diversity present from the variety of topics discussed to the amount of different backgrounds that the speakers come from – professionally, ethnically, etc. and how this usually leads you into viewing other really informative talks associated with your original viewing. I recommend the TED talk by Kirby Ferguson, who i wrote about in my most recent post!


  2. Personally, I have been a fan of TED talks for a few years now,ever since my teacher in high school introduced us to this amazing tool for “online learning” you could say. It is definitely very interesting and because TED spans such a great variety of lecture topics everyone will find something for their desire. I do believe it is especially useful for students as it gives students a chance to engage with different views and opinions upon the chosen topic which is absolutely great. The presentations that the lecturers use in some of their performances are a huge plus, as it gives the audience some additional visual information.


  3. I don’t think that Ted Talks are the same as being in classroom, however I do think that they are trustworthy and, somehow, innovative source of knowledge. Most importantly, I feel like their aim is for every audience member take something from it being able to apply it to his/her personal life – maybe that was the message I got from the ones I’ve watched.
    I admit I haven’t watch many Ted Talks, but one that touched me and taught me quite a lot was by Liz Murray, an inspirational speaker who grew up in a dysfunctional environment and was homeless at some point in her life. Despite her situation she was accepted in Harvard University. Liz Murray spoke about looking at things with a different perspective and seeing a new opportunity in whatever situation we’re in.


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