YouTube’s TEDx Videos Can Open Your Mind

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I don’t watch a lot of television.  I do watch some, sometimes but, I follow news stories. Instead, I read and I do watch YouTube where I have had my “favourites” fall from my grace for one reason or another after awhile.  One channel that has held my interest though for as long as it’s been up is “TEDx”.

There’s a plethora of speakers who have knowledge of what they are talking about.  A lot of them are accredited within their fields of speaking and that lends credit to what they speak on or about which holds a lot of weight within my mind.

Not all TED speakers are created equally.  Some have a lot of knowledge and a great speaking manner.  If you watch the videos often enough, one can spot which of the speakers do this on a regular basis and which ones are novices in speaking in public.  Novice or expert makes no difference to me.  I’d much rather listen to the points of someone who rarely, if ever, have spoken before than someone who does it on a regular basis if their message is a good one, follows some sort of order, stays on topic and, as a bonus only, makes me chuckle or smile.

Speakers have approximately 18 minutes to make their points.  Some are only touching the surface of their chosen fields/topics but, are meant as only a taste of it as the entirety of it can’t be fit into those 18 minutes.  What I do find though, is that something that they say (or many things) hit a chord within me that rings true and starts me thinking about anything to do with their topic.

I have a notebook that I keep by my computer when listening to these talks.  When a lecturer says something that I find profound or that I want to remember, I jot it down.  I’ve filled 2 books worth now.

What I find most interesting is that the speakers often have Life Experiences that are like everyone else.  They are not blessed with no troubles, issues, losses or rejections in their lives.  They are like everyone else in that aspect and will quite often share those stories with viewers and the audiences, listening to their talks.  What I find is that because they are not regulars on this YouTube channel, they don’t become sappy, boring or run out of material to present.  More to the point, they aren’t necessarily trying to sell you on them or their wares.  They are giving you their points and letting you be the judge.  There’s no agenda to their talks.  Whether or not they get paid to be a speaker is not known by me but, suffice it to say that I find it refreshing that they aren’t pushing either the audience members or the viewers towards seeing things their way nor, to pay them anything.

I have many favourites on YouTube that I follow/subscribe to because they are earnestly making points and not out to simply make a buck. Some of them, I’ve dropped my subscriptions to as I eventually watch them enough to find them inconsistent in content, topic or they have gotten overly silly, repetitive, whiney or any plethora of things that I could list here.  The ones who want viewers to support them so that they don’t have to work a real job, are the ones that usually put out the most corny of videos simply to get one up.  TEDx Talks is not one of those channels and it remains in my favourites list.  I’m linking that channel HERE for any of you who wish to watch and see if it’s your cup of tea.  

Of course, everyone will have different favourites, depending upon interest, want, need or exactly what they want to learn or know about.  For fun, I do watch several others such as Wayne Goss (which is another blog entry in and of itself) because he’s brief, gets to his point and gets off screen, usually within 2 to 7 minutes maximum.  I will also feel in a silly mood and watch “Bunny”, better known as “Grav3yard Girl” where she’ll ask viewers to hit the “like button” to “give an alligator its wings”.  She’s a hoot as I’ve said in another piece, linked HERE.  However, there’s only so many of her videos that one can watch as well.  They are great as entertainment and that’s what I watch them for when I’m in a silly mood.  For information purposes only, I do NOT want to be ANY of the YouTubers.  That isn’t my choice nor, is it my wish, intention or otherwise.  I don’t “hate” anyone on the net but, I also don’t envy any of them, want to be like any of them nor do I wish that I were making money like any of them.  They are all human beings with their own sets of problems and issues like anyone watching them.  They are simply great actors while on camera.  That much, I’ve come to recognize and know from talking to several of them now.

Does YouTube replace television, not necessarily but, it’s what I prefer when I’ve got down-time and am not in the mood to read, write or do photography or artwork though there’s a whole realm of other lists that I will include in another piece in the near future.

From my little corner of life, I see YouTube as another vehicle for entertainment but, not one in which I appreciate anyone that much that I’d both praise them or pay them for anything that they do on screen.

Best wishes!  Love and Light,

Have a great day or evening.

 

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