A Postmodern Twist: Behind the Scenes at TED

I have some postmodern tendencies. One of them is that I like to see the substructure of things. I like to see how things are made, whether they are skyscrapers or salt mines or even speeches. Here is a gem, a “mini-documentary” of two 2010 TED speakers: the now famous Sir Ken Robinson and the comparatively little-known, Raghava KK. I especially enjoyed the end of the video, the look on the young man’s face when he heard from his mother.

Enjoy!

Behind the TED talk

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3 thoughts on “A Postmodern Twist: Behind the Scenes at TED

  1. “I have some postmodern tendencies. One of them is that I like to see the substructure of things.”

    How is that postmodern?

    Modernism is trying to understand and then control things.

    Postmodernism is the rejection of truth.

    I don’t understand your point.

    • Thanks for the comment. “Postmodernism” is very a very loosely defined term. In philosophy it is characterized on one end of the spectrum by the questioning of human reason as an absolute and on the other end by the utter rejection of universal or objective truth. I believe in absolute truth, though not in the sense of modernist philosophy. That’s one of the reasons that I used the word “tendencies.” The reaction to modernist absolutes is also seen in “postmodern” architecture. (See this Wikipedia page, for example.) If you walk into a CVS drugstore or even a Walmart you will see much of the supporting structure exposed. That, as I understand, is a bit of “postmodern architecture.” It’s this sense, especially, that I was referring to in my comments about the TED mini-documentary. It shows how a talk comes together, displays the substructure, if you will. Kind of like, also the “making of” pieces that you find on DVDs. I hope that helps you understand my point.

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