Smarter than a TED Talk (and sillier, too)

Summary:It was only a matter of time before someone made a parody of the TED Talk.

Everyone who reads SmartPlanet is familiar with the TED Talks video series, in which thought leaders, experts and artists take the stage to explain -- in plain language -- innovations and learnings from various industries.

Some of those talks are massively popular on the Internet, and the organization has since seen backlash for popularizing ideas as a (massively lucrative) industry. Knowledge isn't just power; it's currency in the age of globalization.

American satirical news organization -- read: it's fake! -- The Onion has decided to train its satire beam on TED with "Onion Talks," a parody that claims to be "intelligent" and "genius" for its presentations on such topics as, "What is the biggest rock?"

The teaser, below:

"No mind will be left unchanged," it claims. We'd have to agree.

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Topics: Innovation


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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