With the exception of this TEDx video about how (and where) the body manifests pain….
….for the most part I find TED talks to be rather annoying, or as collapse theorist, Ran Prier, has called it “a wealthy techno-optimist circle jerk.” Where else, and on what popular level, can you find a bunch of people who publish pop-science telling you that it’s gonna be alright if only we tweak the shitstem just a touch? And, Ran’s not the only one buzz-killing the technoconsciousness zombification of action into practice (praxis), either. Philosophy, art and design theorist, Benjamin Bratton, does just that. Where? In a TEDx talk, of course:
But, once in a while TED gives us something very very special indeed. Something non-ordinary. At the end of the day, how many times do we need to hear Malcolm Gladwell organize everything for us in a nice little gift-wrapped package with a sensible bow?
Here’s the thing about Shiva Rea. On the surface she represents all that’s kinda throw-away-able in commercial yoga culture. DVD’s, the celebrification of teachers, yoga festival culture, “beats.” Just tons and tons of commercial noise polluting the interwebs.
And, yet. Her thesis is pretty dope: Move. Find authenticity in your movement. Shake. All good stuff, right? Not to mention, when you get right down to it, she really was at the forefront of the “yoga as dance expression” scene that places like Laughing Lotus so desperately try to hang onto and validate for themselves. So, for that, I gotta give Rea props.
But, why can’t I trust her?