It Has Become Uncool To Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About


What has happened to our conviction?

I posted another spoken-word poem by Taylor Mali some time ago. This one is the first I heard by him, and I really like the kinetic typography version (that’s what they call videos with moving text synched to the audio).

It’s clever and funny, but more than that. I think Taylor Mali gets to the root of contemporary speaking mannerisms here. Do you, like, agree?

Thanks to my student Laurissa S. for sharing this with me.

Best line: “We have become the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since, you know, a long time ago.”

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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. Mary Brueggemann
    Mary Brueggemann09-05-2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed this! It’s amazing how “like” and “ya know” and all those other fillers have crept into people’s daily conversations. But I never really thought about it as expressing a lack of conviction. Thanks for sharing this video.

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko09-05-2012

      You’re welcome. I love stuff that makes me laugh and think at the same time.

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