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Ze Frank, TED 2004

September 2, 2011

Speaker Profile:

The talk mainly focuses on what Ze Frank does. Ze Frank is an online performer, humorist and orator. He is very popularly known for the birthday invitation he created in 2001 for his 26th birthday. It can be seen here(and in the video too). He creates several online spaces that lets people interact, online games and educational games. He is also the creator of the daily video program The show with Ze Frank that ran for exactly a year from March 17, 2006 to March 17, 2007.


Although his description about what he does isn’t something that interested, his presentation was amazing yet had absolutely nothing really great in it! The 404, introduction video, the email and more just kept the audience hooked to each word he was saying.

Throughout the talk I gathered how well Ze had understood the human mind and how to captivate it. I specially like this line “I get a lot of joy doing stuff with tech[nology]. It’s what keeps me a bubble and a half above perpetual anxiety.” which he said instead of saying “Technology gives me joy that keeps me going all day”. The choice of words really captivated me and kept me focused on the talk.

The other thing about his talk was that he really wasn’t really talking about anything in particular-it was a talk with just some randomly unrelated stuff but his reactions to it were really amazing. It wasn’t like a formal presentation but rather a casual conversation.

The pun at Google was something I indeed enjoyed-it somehow felt to me that he was conveying what most people thought of Google at that time. Also, how he mocked fun at what he was saying, what his mom and dad told him and the general presentation of the talk was really good.

I urge you to see his talk and let me know what you thought of it. Hope to hear from you soon.

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