A TED Talk A Day, Day 60: This is the first in a series of the 3 TED talks that Ze Frank has delivered over the past decade (I wonder: has anyone topped that?). This one is about “nerdcore comedy”.
- He enjoys creating things, and that keeps up “a bubble and a half above anxiety”.
- He created online social spaces (remember this is before social media) where he could share that feeling of having not really finished something but yet feeling like he wasn’t starting something new yet.
- His experiments involve people, and also makes public the thoughts and even anxieties that people feel. For example, the “when office supplies attack” and the drawing project where people could make rough sketches and have them made more beautiful looking.
- On the other hand, his his work is also like a form of collaborative art/comedy, where it is the interaction between the creator and the audience that creates each work/piece/experiment. In fact from the way he describes them, it sounds like he puts hunches and half-notions out there to see where they lead; and he sounds like he is constantly intrigued by the results he gets.
- I’ve heard about Ze Frank without ever following him, but he seems to be one of the earliest people to experiment with the virality and attention-grabbing nature of content on the Internet. This talk was in 2004, which in Internet terms waaaaaay before social networks, mobile Internet, BuzzFeed, etc. Incidentally he is the executive VP of video at BuzzFeed, which sounds fitting.
Suggested action step: What struck me most about Ze Frank is his willingness to share his ideas and work, and involve others in it. I want to begin learning how to do that too.