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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Tag: TEDx

La pericolosa curva di Gatsby

Curiosamente lo ho citato su questo blog appena due giorni fa. Oggi ne parlo di nuovo, perché Fabrizio, mio professore all’EUI e già dottorato in sociologia all’Università di Trento, ha fatto un intervento al TEDx di Pisa. E’ un ragionamento tipicamente sociologico, che vorrei mostrare ai miei amici e conoscenti che non capiscono cosa sia e a cosa serva questa disciplina.

Thanks, in five words

Studying in Italian you learn to prepare long and complicated speeches, which are indeed very musical and beautiful and full of rhetoric, but often fall short of brevity.

Since the moment I seriously started studying in English I began appreciating synthesis as a precious gift. No wonder synthesis is one of the key talents of contemporary world, and many successful ideas are built on it – that TED speeches and twitter, for instance. Of course, extreme synthesis has its own pitfalls, as it may lead to schizophrenia and superficiality. If used well, however, it makes better, more efficient, clearer speeches.After all, you do not need plenty of space to say something and we do, in fact, remember more clearly simple and short messages rather than long and complicated communications.

Take the Webby Awards, which honor the best of the Internet and introduced as its most satisfying tradition the brevity of its acceptance speeches, which are strictly limited to five words.