Saturday, October 27, 2007

Speaking with conviction

Here's a wonderful video from a comedian named Taylor Mali. It's a thought-provoking critique of how we present knowledge. Enjoy!



Thanks to Mark for the link!

4 comments:

Ben Dubow said...

That is hysterical! Great stuff, you know...

Jay Livingston said...

Mali wrote this rant about "uptalk" as a poem. It was featured on NPR's Poetry Month in April of 2005. But linguists question whether the rising end of a phrase indicates uncertainty and lack of confidence. One study of Hong Kong English speakers found the rise used more frequently by the more powerful person (those who were chairing a meeting rather than the other participants, supervisor rather than supervisee). (Go to http://www.ingentaconnect.com/ and search for Cheng and Martin)

S.S.STONE said...

This was great!

Brad Wright said...

Jay, you know way too much! Wow.