Christian Long

Andy Hobsbawm: Do the Green Thing

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Extra credit reflection by RYAN S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Andy Hobsbawm: Do the Green Thing

American society is kind of obsessed with the idea of going green. It’s the new Y2K. It’s an impending doom that we can all cower under, and have a common enemy that people can hate. 4000 years ago, this threat was an angry God, or a rival, war-like nation. During the Cold War it was a nuclear bomb. Humanity will always find a way to have doom linger over its heads.

I want to be able to say that somehow this one is different but it isn’t. Whether the threat is legitimate was never the point. The point was that we need to feel that danger, the threat that if we don’t change something in our lives, everything we know will be destroyed. This quirky video about signs, is funny, and to some people, it will be nothing more than that.

His video reminded me of “a three minute story of mixed emotions” by Rives. Except while this video used humor to make a point, the other’s point was humor.

Over all I enjoyed this video. It was funny, but had an edge of serious-ness to it. Going green while important, is still mostly based on fear. Global warming can quite easily get over hyped. So while you watch this video, and enjoy it’s humorous video in the video, just remember that the world isn’t going to end any time soon. So instead of working on getting rid of carbon emissions, just take ti easy, and go for a nice walk.


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