In Defense Of Speech

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM
In Defense Of Speech
" BOSTON (CBS) – Commencement speeches.  Ugh.  Talk about been there, done that.  I’ve sat and squirmed through my share as no doubt you have.  I have also been on the giving end spouting an unremarkable address to a small local college a few years back.  For most graduates and their invited guests The Speech is a necessary means to an end.  Mix platitudes, hopes, dreams and advice with a generous helping of clichés and you’ve got yourself a typical graduation speech.  A few stand out among the millions.  There was the Bill Gates speech of several years ago, one of the first to go viral on the Web that was remarkably candid.  J.K. Rowlings talked about the critical lessons drawn from failure which led to her status as the richest author in the world "

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