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  1. Doran says:

    Contrast that with Wired’s TEDx article from last year.

  2. Its about the same as slapping Open Source on everything that is open. 

  3. G3 says:

    I don’t want to generalize all of their sessions, but I watched some of the video from a few of last year’s presentations and the information was wafer-thin. 

    The main points I remember taking away were that “Gaming is not always a bad thing,” “Being concerned about the environment is a good thing,” and “TED is like so far ahead of the curve.” Wasn’t the original plan to go deep?

    • ldobe says:

      Wasn’t the original plan to go deep?

      I enjoy TED as snack type of media, but the claim that TED can ever cover a topic in-depth is preposterous to me.  If you only have 20 minutes or less to get the point across, you’re bound to chop down all but the most trivial messages.  This can be good for trying to get your most basic idea out to everyone, and letting them understand what you say, but there’s very little substance one can pack into a 20 minute presentation.

    • C W says:

      “Wasn’t the original plan to go deep?”

      That makes it tougher to shoehorn in the feel-good philosophy.

  4. The article is not negative as you point out. It questions how TED were challenged by this new level of distributed branding finding that by allowing a shared purpose, they found a shared accountability and continue to move forward. There were a few hiccups along the way, but of course that was bound to happen.

    The great thing about wikipedia that I think deserved a mention in this article is nobody reads the page as fact anymore, they read it as probably true, but possibly needs to be confirmed. A TEDx talk is no different.

    • millie fink says:

      Hmmm, I know a lot of people who read Wikipedia as fact, and further, don’t know that anyone at all can edit its entries.

  5. TED: a well-funded intellectual circle jerk held inside an echo room of PR junkies.

    • Cowicide says:

      intellectual circle jerk

      Sounds cool to me.  Much better than the dumbass circle jerk of drunk assholes that I’ve found at many bars and clubs.

      What kind of circle jerks do you like?  ;D

      echo room of PR junkies

      I haven’t found that to be the case, but then again I’m fairly picky about which ones I’ve watched in the past.

      Probably also helps that I’ve become even more selective as time goes on as TED has gone down in quality.

      Like many things, TED was cooler when it was more underground, but there’s still good stuff there if you’re picky.

      • I love a good intellectual circle jerk, but TED doesn’t tickle my fancy, mostly because it’s administered and you can’t have a dialogue. So it’s a strip club to me –  pay money for the chance to look, but walk away frustrated because there’s no participation.

        I should unpack the PR Junkie comment. TED’s obsessed with slick soundbyte demagoguery. People watch because they feel like they’re part of the Know Now, because they watched a 20 minute abstract of what should be a vastly more complicated technical concept. It’s like the Internet’s obsessions with Big Pop Neuroscience – buncha laypersons pontificating with shadow puppets of knowledge like they know how to rig the lights behind them. Science shouldn’t be sexy, it doesn’t need to be sexy. It’s already cooler than cool. Dressing it up as sexy just focuses on a facile and topical treatment.

        • Cowicide says:

          So you watch fora.tv instead? ;D

        • Cowicide says:

          I love a good intellectual circle jerk, but TED doesn’t tickle my fancy, mostly because it’s administered and you can’t have a dialogue. So it’s a strip club to me – pay money for the chance to look, but walk away frustrated because there’s no participation.

          So where’s your preferred whorehouse?

          People watch because they feel like they’re part of the Know Now

          Have you completed a study on the motivations of people who like to watch TED talks on occasion or is this some sort of pseudo-intellectual supposition you’re making? ;D

          Science shouldn’t be sexy, it doesn’t need to be sexy

          Maybe science wants to feel sexy? Have you talked with science lately?

          Maybe if you helped guide a Mars rover through space and felt the exhilaration once it landed, you’d feel differently.

      • C W says:

        “Sounds cool to me.  Much better than the dumbass circle jerk of drunk assholes that I’ve found at many bars and clubs.”

        I wasn’t aware the only options we had were drunks and pseudointellectuals.

    • Cowicide says:

      well-funded intellectual circle jerk

      You might like this article:

      TED Is a Massive, Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism

  6. greebo says:

    Some TED talks are great. If you pick someone who you already know is one of the leaders in their scientific field, and he or she did a TED talk, it’s a fair bet that the TED talk will be the best introduction to their work that you can find. Scientists are usually crap at presenting their work, but somehow the TED folks manage to coach them into giving polished, accessible summaries for the layperson. 

    On the other hand, if you browse for TED talks (and especially TEDx talks) without knowing anything in advance about the speakers, most of what you get is unremitting crap.

  7. Never really dug TED that much.  Enjoyed some of the talks at first, but after awhile it just started to feel like the intellectual equivalent of MOR rock
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7miRCLeFSJo

  8. You should listen to the Joe Rogan podcast (yes) when David Choe (Facebook muralist who was paid in stock) and Yoshi Obayashi (porn editor/comedian) relay the demands TED commanded for speakers, shared hotel rooms, etc.  It’s pretty much the opposite of the TED “brand”…. sorry that I don’t have a quick time stamp ready…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWwC2q9bEuE

  9. MollyMaguire says:

    Well, everything jumps the shark at some point….

  10. kartwaffles says:

     Part of the problem with TEDx is they let sketchy people give talks about bullshit subjects.

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