OK, I admit it, I am constantly bemused by the bouquets and applause that rain down on Professor Hans Rosling, the medical researcher and public speaker (left).
Jealousy you say? No, really, I am genuinely bemused.
The latest video to hit our screens takes 10 minutes to show us that fertility rates are falling all over the world--at all income levels and for all religions. It shouldn't take 10 minutes.
Yes, the moving bubbles are a nice innovation, but I have to admit I find them distracting at times.
Yes, Prof. Rosling is an engaging speaker, and there are certainly plenty of terrible presenters in the ranks of the research world, but there are plenty of good ones too.
Have you ever seen Lant Pritchett present? See how beautifully he communicates a complex and profound idea in less than 2 minutes.
Perhaps Prof. Rosling is best appreciated by those who are not researchers?
In any case, I have a touch of the Larry David (right) when it comes to Prof. Rosling, and I thought I better 'fess up.
Am I the only one? What am I missing?