TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

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what is that scary red green-eyed creature?!?

the late great, Friday, 2 March 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i defy anyone not to loathe everything about this video:

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's like it was engineered by robots to cause maximum hatred

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone here ever been to the Summit Series?

dandydonweiner, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

https://twitter.com/#!/RandomTEDTalks

s.clover, Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Starts a bit glib, but actually a nice talk:

s.clover, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality

There’s one idea, though, that TED’s organizers recently decided was too controversial to spread: the notion that widening income inequality is a bad thing for America, and that as a result, the rich should pay more in taxes.

TED organizers invited a multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist named Nick Hanauer – the first nonfamily investor in Amazon.com – to give a speech on March 1 at their TED University conference. Inequality was the topic – specifically, Hanauer’s contention that the middle class, and not wealthy innovators like himself, are America’s true “job creators.”

“We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years,” he said. “Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an ecosystemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.”

You can’t find that speech online. TED officials told Hanauer initially they were eager to distribute it. “I want to put this talk out into the world!” one of them wrote him in an e-mail in late April. But early this month they changed course, telling Hanauer that his remarks were too “political” and too controversial for posting.

Other TED talks posted online veer sharply into controversial and political territory, including NASA scientist James Hansen comparing climate change to an asteroid barreling toward Earth, and philanthropist Melinda Gates pushing for more access to contraception in the developing world.

Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 21:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

TED is there to make you feel great about working within the status quo! Actually going to the thing is relatively exclusive, so why the fuck would they want to spread the idea that exclusive groups are not what's really influential?

mh, Friday, 18 May 2012 21:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp watched one of those talks (Jane McGonigal), it was not the hilariously appalling embarrassingment they made it out to be.

the fey monster (ledge), Friday, 18 May 2012 21:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

They didn't ban his speech because it was about income inequality, they banned it because it sucked.

The subject isn't "too hot for ted" - http://blog.ted.com/2012/05/17/playlist-the-roots-and-effects-of-income-equality/

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://tedchris.posterous.com/131417405 <- read this

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 22:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well, except . . . http://roundtable.nationaljournal.com/2012/05/more-on-ted-entrepreneurs-woul.php

I agree with your language about ecosystems, and your dismissal of some of the mechanistic economy orthodoxy, yet many of your own statements seem to go further than those arguments justify

But even if the talk was rated a home run, we couldn't release it, because it would be unquestionably regarded as out and out political. We're in the middle of an election year in the US. Your argument comes down firmly on the side of one party. And you even reference that at the start of the talk. TED is nonpartisan and is fighting a constant battle with TEDx organizers to respect that principle.  (This aspect wasn't helped by the news that David was planning to mobilize Move On to distribute the talk.  If it wasn't political before, it certainly would have been then.) 

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 22:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

idk, unless you are purposefully politically naive, you're going to have an opinion about the whys and hows of income inequality, and will probably reference ways to fix it, and all of the thoughts I'm aware of have inherently partisan viewpoints.

I haven't heard a good conservative-perspective "this is why income inequality is at this level, and this is why (or this is why it's ok)" speech that doesn't completely piss me off! I welcome anyone who can point me to one.

mh, Saturday, 19 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
3 weeks pass...

am0n, Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

am0n, Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

ohgod the excerpts from that book

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

this book sounds retarded

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

also don't neglect to read the one s. clover posted

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

I felt kind of bad that I was mocking TED at my friend who was asked to write a blog post for a local TEDx site. But I can see where he'd appreciate some of it because he's got an architecture background, and holy shit does that TED book sound like some of the crap that architects write.

mh, Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

s.clover, Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

nope

○ (gr8080), Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

the tools and the passion, at the same damn time
imagine the future and the past, at the same damn time
wonder insight ideas, at the same damn time
will you dream with me, will you build with me, at the same damn time
at the same damn time, at the same damn time
at the same damn time, at the same damn time
at the same damn time, at the same damn time
ted time

sleepingbag, Sunday, 12 August 2012 07:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Via Whiney. Brooklyn's cycle is now complete:

http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/189045?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=20281

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

"What if I told you that everything you *thought* you knew about TED Talks -- namely that they were of some intellectual substance -- was wrong??"

Cunga, Monday, 26 November 2012 00:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Do you guys not see that we are moving beyond SmartPhones and SmartComputers, into a technological and -- dare I say it? -- moral breakthrough that will bring us all SmartLives? That information is a friend and ignorance is on the retreat in all four corners of the world. But before we talk about how society, our society, is smarter than ever: let me tell you about the stabbing I witnessed at a Black Friday sale this weekend, and a quick review of Ke$ha's new album.

Cunga, Monday, 26 November 2012 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

is the signature sound of TED uptalk.

s.clover, Friday, 8 March 2013 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

TEDx talks are the user-generated someecards of the lecture circuit

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 8 March 2013 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

This article has it right:

TED is no longer a responsible curator of ideas “worth spreading.” Instead it has become something ludicrous, and a little sinister.

Today TED is an insatiable kingpin of international meme laundering—a place where ideas, regardless of their quality, go to seek celebrity, to live in the form of videos, tweets, and now e-books. In the world of TED—or, to use their argot, in the TED “ecosystem”—books become talks, talks become memes, memes become projects, projects become talks, talks become books—and so it goes ad infinitum in the sizzling Stakhanovite cycle of memetics, until any shade of depth or nuance disappears into the virtual void. Richard Dawkins, the father of memetics, should be very proud. Perhaps he can explain how “ideas worth spreading” become “ideas no footnotes can support.”

from: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/105703/the-naked-and-the-ted-khanna

Poliopolice, Friday, 8 March 2013 21:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...
5 months pass...

The manliness thread introduced me to this guy's page:
http://vimeo.com/jasonsilva

his bio is like napalm

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:51 (7 months ago) Permalink

Many have called Silva an "Idea DJ" and a poet, describing him as "a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe... like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away."

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:54 (7 months ago) Permalink

I guess he really could go in the awesomeness fest bucket, too, but I think he's got different aspirations

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:55 (7 months ago) Permalink

He left the network to become, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk."

a lot of statehouses have been debating laws against this kind of thing lately

j., Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:57 (7 months ago) Permalink

MANY have called him an idea dj??

socki (s1ocki), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 22:38 (7 months ago) Permalink

Actually, according to that quote, many have described him as "a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe... like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away." There's really an incredible degree of consensus on this guy.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 01:04 (7 months ago) Permalink

But I mean based on this guy's bio he is actually reasonably well-known it sounds like?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 01:06 (7 months ago) Permalink

I know, you would think he wouldn't sound so desperate if he's actually done reasonable work, but apparently he's ramped it up to be a motivational speaker

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 01:21 (7 months ago) Permalink

But I mean based on this guy's bio he is actually reasonably well-known it sounds like?

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:06 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

never trust bios. especially bios of ppl whose job seems to be self-promoter

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 20:38 (7 months ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Lovethesetrees

It's cool, just a wikipedia user that only ever edited a single page, nothing suspicious here

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:15 (7 months ago) Permalink

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fake penthouse letters mcgee, Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:11 (7 months ago) Permalink

"From YOUR point of view I'm oriented northwest to southeast.... but from MY point of view it's northeast to southwest! MAKES U THINK"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:20 (7 months ago) Permalink

can alacrity really be sharp

j., Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:24 (7 months ago) Permalink

thing about him is, he still thinks inside the box.

fake penthouse letters mcgee, Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:25 (7 months ago) Permalink

ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Thursday, 19 September 2013 16:32 (7 months ago) Permalink


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