Speaker & ThesisMichael Anti is a journalist from Beijing who explainswhat kind of “Internet” that the Chinese have and howit‟s evolving to act as a tool for the citizens to actuallyvoice out their opinion.
Anti described the Chinese governmentand the Internet-using citizen (Netizen)relationship as a cat and mouse game.
Internet vs. “Chinanet” The Chinese government has blocked all sites whose servers were not located in Beijing and thus not easily available for surveillance.However, instead of depriving the people of social networking, clones have been created.The image on the left shows thatsites like Google and Twitter have Chinese clones such as Baidu and Weibo.
This image illustrates how the limiting 140 character posts in Twitter actually allows paragraphs to be written in Chinese. The Twitter clone, Weibo, takes advantage of this and births a new blogging style called „microblogging‟, which millions of Chinese Netizens use to voice theiropinions and thoughts. This opens up new potential power for the people.
“China is a SICK country.” - Michael AntiOne of the opening statements in the presentation, Anti states thatChina is a SICK country. This at first doesn‟t sound like it has any meaning beyond the “ill” meaning, and I believe that “shock” statement gathers a large amount of audience attention. He then goes to describe that SICK is a terminology coined by Facebook which stands for “Syria, Iran, China, and North Korea”; four countries that have no access to Facebook.
“…[the] Chinese [has] not only one cat, but also has local cats. Central cat and local cats.” - Michael Anti Even though the subject is serious, Anti lightens up the mood with humor, and many cat pictures. He uses the felines for further illustration of the cat-and-mouse situation in China, but the amount of cats within thepresentation makes the audience laugh in several areas. This does well to maintain audience attention throughout the talk.
TED Commandments TED Commandment #3 bestreflects the speaker‟sperformance. In the beginning, he statesthat “China is complicated”and does his best to describethe social media situationclearly. He uses many relevantexamples, thoughtful andconsistent metaphors, andbrought many helpful visualaids to further explain histhoughts.
Dynamism: 3.5/5 Michael Anti used hand gestures throughout the presentation, however that was the extent of his body movement. His facial expressions variedand his vocal tone in delivery was clear and became powerful in important segments. I would suggest he would move around the stage a bit more instead of staying stationary, but his overall dynamism was good.
Delivery: What I LearnedEven though spoken word is the key deliverer inpresentations, visual aids can help the audience retaininformation better. The viewers will have some image totie the subject to and it allows them to understand thesubject clearly.I‟ve noticed that whenever text is used, its only job is toemphasize a number or a fact (for example, “There are500 million Internet-users in China”), and it is usedsparingly.
Speaker Comparison Sir Ken Robinson Michael AntiRobinson was very Anti was very professional andcomfortable with his audience. sounded like he was giving aHe made it seem like he was very powerful meeting. Hetalking to a group of good treated his audience like fellowfriends instead of a large peers, but kept close to hisauditorium of strangers. facts and puns and did not sound like he was giving aHis tone and how he delivered casual conversation.his words sounded verynatural and unscripted (in agood way).
Speaker Comparison Sir Ken Robinson Michael AntiTold many stories that were Used many metaphors andeasily relatable to the recent media events to give aaudience. different kind of relatable connection to the audience.It felt like he was very openwith his emotions and wasn‟t He sounded very passionateafraid to tell his personal about his thoughts and voicedstories; telling details as to his opinion often.what happened and evenadding in commentary.
Speaker Comparison Sir Ken Robinson Michael AntiRelied mainly on his voice to Used visuals to connect ideasdeliver his message and felt or to give humor during thefree to improvise on his talk.presentation. His message was veryI‟ve noticed that he listens to straightforward and deliveredthe audience‟s reactions to the idea efficiently andgauge how he should thoroughly.continue.
Tips for StudentsBe extremely lively! Movement attracts the eyes andholds the audience‟s attention. Dynamic voice deliveryand hand gestures are fine, but sometimes it isn‟tenough.Don‟t be afraid to tell jokes! Don‟t fear to laugh yourselfeither! Humor gives the viewers a short break to relaxafter a large input of information.Slides aren‟t evil if used correctly! Use a healthy amountof images to transition your ideas from one to the next,but make sure you deliver most of the informationthrough your speech.
SourcesImage sources: http://cronkitehhh.personal.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Cat-and-Mouse.jpeg Microsoft Clip Art http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_anti_behind_the_great_firewall_of_china.html