The Onion's TED Talk Spoof: I'll Be Your Visionary and You Do the Things I Come Up With

Down with the Idea Men!

The Onion's take on the genre of the TED Talk is as wickedly funny as you'd expect. Featuring a spiky-haired, self-proclaimed "visionary," it's as much an indictment of a certain kind of entrepreneur as a skewering of the ubiquitous conference brand.

I don't want to explain the joke, but this is its rhetorical core:

We're looking in the eyes of two horrible birds. And we just need a rock that is big enough, efficient enough, and innovative enough to bludgeon them. That rock is an idea. My idea to create a car that runs on compost. So how does it work? Well, it's quite simple. Instead of using gas, it uses compost. [applause]

In short: Down with the Idea Men!

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