TED Talk About What’s Wrong With TED Talks

So what do you think? Does TED have a problem? Is a description like “Middlebrow mega-church entertainment” fair?

Via Gawker:

At a recent TEDx event in San Diego, [Benjamin] Bratton delivered a talk called “What’s Wrong with TED Talks?”

“The first reason is over-simplification,” Bratton says at the start of his speech. “To be clear, I have nothing against the idea of interesting people who do smart things explaining their work doing in a way that everyone can understand, but TED goes way beyond that.”

H/T: BoingBoing.net

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  • echar

    I like what he had to say.

  • kcorb

    I feel like the defense only helps make Bratton’s case. My first impression was that it was actually impressive that TED published this talk, which seems like a healthy thing to do. The fact that Anderson’s defense was purely defense without acknowledging any of the potential shortcomings of the format made it worse than useless. I think everyone gets that TED is largely an tech/entertainment industry circle jerk, but that doesn’t necessarily mean nothing good could come out of it. Anderson’s defense of TED leads me to think that perhaps it is curated in such a way to insure nothing good comes out of it.

  • swabby429

    Like other mainstream offerings aimed at futurists, and technophiles, TED obtains funding from some very powerful corporate interests. This fact, alone, reveals an important way that TED’s hands are tied. Bravo to Mr. Bratton.

  • Jin The Ninja

    no, accordingly- you’re supposed to read and study.

  • Jin The Ninja

    the choral stylings of the status quo, perhaps.

  • Jin The Ninja

    i found his talk lucid and a bit brutal. just the way i like it.

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