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.
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
Fans of radio, TED, and brains (see today’s theme) may enjoy NPR’s latest show, which holds interviews with TED speakers, and gets them to elaborate on their research or passions. It’s called TED Radio Hour.
TED junkies are probably familiar with this presentation by Kevin Kelly in which he talks about how all our connected devices are creating a single global machine.
We post it as to note that Hongkiat has put together a great list of TED design talks. These range from Stefan Sagmeister’s “Happy Design” to Tim Berners Lee’s “The Next Web” to Denis Dutton’s “Darwinian Theory of Beauty” among others.