X marks the spot: Beatboxing brilliance from TEDxSydney and this week’s favorite TEDx talks

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Tom Thum wowed at TEDxSydney this week by doing strange things with his mouth. With just a microphone and his charisma, Thum brings the sounds of Michael Jackson, fifties jazz and scratched vinyl to the TEDx stage. In this talk, he demonstrates his “innate ability for inhuman noisemaking.”

Thum’s talk has amassed over 2 million hits on YouTube in four days, which illustrates the reach of a TEDx speaker. Each week, from events all-round the globe, the TEDx team picks four favorite talks that embody big ideas from many cultures and countries. Below, listen to the selections for this week — about political and media language and the impact of oil on a nation’s democracy.

Where is the “Muslim World”?: Professor Tony McEnery at TEDxLancasterU
At TEDxLancasterU, linguist Tony McEnery identified an unsettling trend in the media. Between 1998 and 2009, the British press used the phrase “Muslim World” 11,000…

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