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.