I’ve been sent two videos this week by several readers. I post them here together – I’ve never embedded video before, and after some experimentation I didn’t get it to load very well on the blog, so I’m just including links. My including them in one post is not a comment on either video! Just that, well that’s the media about human evolution this week.
- The Daily Show does a bit where correspondent John Oliver interviews Jeff Schwartz and Todd Disotell about orangutan versus chimpanzees as our closest relatives.
This is really funny, lampooning both sides. There is some off-color commentary, language, and sexual references (for those readers who might care). And Oliver does make an unkind reference to Disotell’s mohawk.
The Daily Show is the top-rated news broadcast among viewers 18-34. TEDGlobal is a conference with “elite” speakers for which people pay $6000 to attend the program. Which this year included aquatic apes.
OK, so they have one thing in common, these two videos – I won’t be showing either in class!
Many of the free TED talks are very useful for showing in classes, by the way – check out previous paleoanthropologists include Louise Leakey and Zeresenay Alemseged, also notable is Nina Jablonski on skin color.