This Will Not Appear on TED: Nick Hanauer on Income Inequality
Last week TED, the smarty conference series for the well-healed set, faced accusations of censorship when it came out that they were not going to publish Nick Hanauer’s recent talk on income inequality.
The reason given for its omission by Chris Anderson, TED’s curator, was twofold: the talk was too political for an election year despite the fact that the words “Democrats” and “Republicans” are used only once, and in the same breath and the same vein; and that the organization only posts one video a day from a pool of 250 TED Talks and another ten thousand TEDx Talks (the conference’s licensed third-party conferences from around the world).
However Anderson tried to spin it, you can’t really say the talk was censored. Hanauer, a very wealthy, serial entrepreneur, did appear, did talk and the video — as seen above — is available online. It’s just not featured at TED.com.
In light of that, Salon’s Alex Pareene has an interesting critique of TED as currently constructed. At it’s most blunt:
At this point TED is a massive, money-soaked orgy of self-congratulatory futurism, with multiple events worldwide, awards and grants to TED-certified high achievers, and a list of speakers that would cost a fortune if they didn’t agree to do it for free out of public-spiritedness.
I don’t agree that TED is as worthless as Alex makes it sound, but his article has important ideas about what constitutes partisanship today, and how political and economic consensus is created by ruling classes today. Well worth the read. — Michael