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(Yahoo)   Yo, dawg, I hear you like TED talks, so here's a TED talk about how TED talks suck so that you can be smug while you're smug   ( divider line
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2014-01-09 11:53:02 AM  
This is how Reed Richards started the Future Foundation.
2014-01-09 12:14:30 PM  
Xzibit headlines always make me chuckle.
2014-01-09 01:08:30 PM  
The desolation of smug?
2014-01-09 01:17:11 PM  
TED is supposed to be about an honest look at things... not jacking off about a fish so dangerously full of bacteria that it needs to be almost literally incinerated in order to be edible.

Seriously, can the 1980 born generation PLEASE get their heads out of each other's asses?
2014-01-09 01:24:04 PM  
I like TED. I watch it on YouTube. I like YouTube. I watch more of it than I do Amazon Prime Instant video. And I canceled my Netflix subscription entirely.

If the UK ever changes its copyright laws, YouTube would be a pretty boring place. I would say more but shhhhhhh...I don't want the monetizers of the world to realize there's something other than breathing that's still free. Once you pay a cable company extortioninary fees just to get on the Intratubes.
2014-01-09 01:25:59 PM  
I never watched a TED video with any expectation that it would "solve" things. I understood it's goal to be the sharing of ideas....  It seems to do this rather successfully, so I wouldn't say "it doesn't work".

I think this guy has expectations waaay beyond the sharing of ideas..........
2014-01-09 01:27:09 PM  
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2014-01-09 02:52:04 PM  
Agree with Striker. I enjoy TED vids but never expect them to solve any riddle for me but rather just to open my eyes to something I've not yet been exposed to.

/one of my favorites.
//bratton's talk was remarkably cynical
///how many times did he say cynical?
2014-01-09 02:58:46 PM  

byelii: Agree with Striker. I enjoy TED vids but never expect them to solve any riddle for me but rather just to open my eyes to something I've not yet been exposed to.

/one of my favorites.
//bratton's talk was remarkably cynical
///how many times did he say cynical?

I enjoyed this one on holding your breath for 17 minutes...... . html"> 17_min. html
2014-01-09 03:13:37 PM  
TED talks are a good way to get a very broad overview and layman's understanding of an issue from a particular presenter's viewpoint. It's a starting point not a Ph.D. thesis. If you discover something you're interested in, the normal human reaction would be to go research more about that topic, not flip out because your first exposure to it didn't  make you an expert on it. It's on the individual watcher to learn more and perhaps even learn contradictory information. Things that are intentionally misleading of course should be called out but the complaint here seems to be more that they don't somehow compress an expert level of understanding into a neat package that will transfer all of that expertise to the audience. And if anyone in academia is picking up on the TED presenting style, it's up to their colleagues or grant committee to smack them upside the head and tell them to knock it off.

I really like Google Talks. They're much more in depth than TED though the production value usually sucks because they're not presented with a camera in mind. But even then, it's simply an hour or so introduction to a subject, still not an end all, be all knowledge transfer. If you find yourself interested in something, keep exploring instead of whining that watching a single video didn't make you all knowing.

TED does appear to be harming its brand with the over exposure using the TEDx franchise. Some of those events are getting ridiculous. There's now a TEDxCentennialParkWomen, apparently for women who live or work near a park in downtown Atlanta. They need to reel in the further out TEDx events and focus on ensuring quality. Allowing just anyone with a franchise fee to start using your name isn't a very smart idea. Even McDonald's requires extensive training and has strict controls on how the product is produced by franchisees.
2014-01-09 03:47:18 PM  
Hmm. Guess the guy had a different concept of what TED was. For me, TED is "Here is my idea, I need funding to make it work." In that respect, yes, very similar to megachurches. But not all ideas are created equal, so not all ideas will be funded and developed.  Other TED talks are useful for giving alternate perspectives on things, while others raise awareness.

Each individual talk by themselves? No, probably not gonna do a whole lot to change the world. But if you look at it like harvesting for your table, you take a little bit from this, a little bit from that, and then you look out into the Real World? You can go back and think, "Oh, that's related to this, this, and that concept," and you have a working understanding of the world around you, while everyone else is going, "WTF is going on?"
2014-01-09 04:04:21 PM  
My husband gave a TEDx talk a few years ago about his hobby, game design, and why people are passionate about games. He was between jobs at the time, a struggling freelance copywriter. Once the video of the talk was published, he was able to create a new resume as a game design expert citing the video and a feature article in the local major newspaper. Within two months, he'd landed a full-time job as a game designer. And that was just TEDx.

No one can tell me TED talks don't work.
2014-01-09 07:51:29 PM  
Ted talks are marketing BS. Nothing more, nothing less
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