TED Video

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I watched this TED talk:


In this video, comedian Ruby Wax talks about mental illness. She explains that disabilities of the body, but mental disabilities generally don’t. Wax urges us to end the stigma.

Helping with her talk is the fact that Ruby Wax herself has a mental illness. The fact that she suffers from depression helps to illustrate her point.

The multimodal elements are presented fairly well. She made all the visual elements herself. They are actually pretty creative. She uses a clay model of the brain, cardboard cutouts, and pictures.

With invention, she clearly thought about what she was going to talk about, with her having a mental illness already. It’s clear she brainstormed what she was going to say.

Arrangement was a weak point. The beginning felt overlong, like she was stalling for time. She spent a lot of time at the start on one story about her biggest breakdown and where she got her mental illness. However, it did reflect what was happening to her. She stayed on topic.

Style was interesting. She made all her visual elements herself. It doesn’t look amazing, but you you can tell she put a lot of effort into it. It also clearly illustrates what she was talking about.

Memory was a little weak. At times, you could tell she forgot what she was going to say. This lead to a lot of pauses where she remembers what she was going to say.

Delivery was fine, barring a few memory hiccups. She brought a comedic touch to the topic, not afraid to make fun of herself. That being said, she did move around a lot. It become distracting, however.

In the end, it was an effective TED Talk. There were a few hiccups, but it was successful in illustrating what’s it’s like to live with a mental illness.

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