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  •  TED serves a useful purpose as long as one (17+ / 0-)

    ignores the Tony Robbins cult-like aspects and focuses on its dissemination/diffusion like TEDx

    Nassim Taleb accused TED of intellectual dishonesty and lack of substance in the latest edition of The Black Swan (2010). He calls TED a "monstrosity that turns scientists and thinkers into low-level entertainers, like circus performers." Taleb spoke at TED2008. He claimed that the curators did not initially post his talk "warning about the financial crisis" on their website on purely cosmetic grounds

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    by annieli on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:41:38 AM PDT

    •  As I said, (13+ / 0-)

      they are not without controversy. However, I find many of the talks enlightening. Tony Robbins' efforts are not among them.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

      by Dragon5616 on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 07:46:00 AM PDT

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    •  I love many TED Talks, on an individual basis. (3+ / 0-)
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      Lawrence Lessig's great talk on intellectual property -- basically about the Creative Commons model, and the mashup -- is excellent, really elegantly crafted and beautifully argued.

      I also enjoyed James Howard Kunstler's talk, primarily because it has a caustic wit that is sadly missing in the TED genre.

      But I'm ambivalent about the TED project as a whole. While the politics of TED are vaguely liberal, in a feel-good, Al-Gore-Keynote-Talk sort of way, I think they are inescapably hampered by the ridiculous registration charge for the event, which is now in excess of $6000. If you design a conference so that only venture capitalists and rich tech entrepreneurs can afford to attend, then you're going to restrict the range of discourse that can happen there. For instance... you're going to find that a talk on wealth inequality is going to be a tough sell.

      The Nick Hanauer imbroglio is only the most explicit instance of that restraint on political discourse. Another example would be the TED take on education, which decidedly leans towards the Waiting for Superman, charter schools side of things. Geoffrey Canada, one of the key talking heads from Waiting for Superman, has one of the most visible TED Talks on education reform.

      Again, TED is a valuable tool, and it sure beats not having conversations about global warming, public health, and assorted other issues in the public eye. But given the restrictions on TED's form and content, we need to take the Talks with a grain of salt.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 10:35:35 AM PDT

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