TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

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everytime I learn something new I make sure the thing I'm learning about wasn't shared on ted

I do exactly this, but with QI. I think that show is related to this discussion somehow.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Like, something to do with people being smart by proxy? You know the kind, who have a world of facts at their fingertips, but take them away from an internet connection or ask them to develop a thought or bring ideas together for themselves and they fall to pieces.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Gah some of u guyz can be so damn cynical sometimes :(

Lindsay NAGL (Trayce), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:38 (five years ago) Permalink

hey, I feel that way about myself when I go through a lurking phase on ILX, where all I do is read smart people making smart points and feel as if I'm learning something when actually I'm not learning very much at all. It's easier to listen to a TED talk then give one.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:43 (five years ago) Permalink

ILX is excellent in that it's participatory, though. I'm much more of a consumer than a participator and could get sucked into the world of TED. Here, I can learn things and then type the well-earned "otm" into the text box.

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink


TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink


get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

This piece is a good reminder that Davos is pretty much the model for TED, without offering up the talks and panels:


Fonz Hour (Eazy), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 02:02 (five years ago) Permalink

how to tie your shoes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 03:50 (five years ago) Permalink


flopson, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:17 (five years ago) Permalink

starts off weak/cheesy, picks up

flopson, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:48 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a good read

iatee, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:59 (five years ago) Permalink

"Summit Series is the anti-Aspen, targeting twentysomething entrepreneurs, 1,000 of whom last year paid $3,500 to spend four days on a cruise to the Bahamas. The event featured glow sticks, condoms, Russell Simmons–led yoga, a shark-tagging excursion with Timothy Ferriss, and talks on philanthrocapitalism by people like Richard Branson and Peter Thiel."

I'm not saying you could have made the world a better place with one well-aimed torpedo... I'm just saying.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 07:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a pretty crazy time and I bet Richard Branson knows how to party. I'd also like to listen to Peter Thiel on "philanthrocapitalism" and how that relates to his libertarian island nation. Possibly not for too long, though.

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink


Mordy, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

hah! beat me to it.

s.clover, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Ridley Scott likes TED:


Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Friday, 2 March 2012 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

i defy anyone not to loathe everything about this video:


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

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

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

Has anyone here ever been to the Summit Series?

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

one month passes...


s.clover, Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Starts a bit glib, but actually a nice talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IERy6VR0tM

s.clover, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

two 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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

StanM, Friday, 18 May 2012 22:25 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
three weeks pass...


am0n, Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:02 (five years ago) Permalink

ohgod the excerpts from that book

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

this book sounds retarded

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

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

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:09 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


s.clover, Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink


○ (gr8080), Saturday, 11 August 2012 18:15 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Via Whiney. Brooklyn's cycle is now complete:


Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:14 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

is the signature sound of TED uptalk.

s.clover, Friday, 8 March 2013 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

three weeks pass...

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