Saskia Flückiger

Student - Journalism & Mass Communication,

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What did you guys think about this article?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18511696

I was browsing through the news when I found this and I thought it put a pretty interesting light on the TED community as well as the overall purpose of TED itself, what do you think about it?

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    Jun 27 2012: I think it is the kind of article that kool kids in high school write when they did not get what was going on in chemistry or French class. Finally, it is OK to love ideas and to love discussing them. For years that was the privelege of only those whose parents could pay for their education or who got in as legacies. I think my life is much richer for being here and if it is so elitist, why did they let a brain damaged woman like me in? For free no less!
  • Jun 28 2012: Sounds good, really :) " Elite club" for "millions "!!!
    Does it mean that "the tide has turned" ?
    This metaphor is taken from these words from Lynn Twist,
    "In a way, one way of looking at this is like the tide that turns in the ocean. When the tide turns in the ocean it turns way down deep where no one can see.
    And then it takes some time before it rises to the surface and then you see the tides turning. And I think the tide has turned.
    And we're just beginning to see it and feel it on the surface of life as we know it. “
  • Jun 28 2012: In the article, I didn't see many comments by people like me. I just enjoy the talks and a place to share ideas. I don't see much to criticize, and haven't found another internet site that is as good as TED. This part is funny:

    "They fancy themselves as smarter because they know TED," says Jarvis. "It's a status marker.

    I have no interest in status, and I knew I was smart in grade school.
  • Jun 28 2012: A bit of a boring news article.

    But got me thinking about my time on TED. Granted I've only been a member of this community for about a week, I already feel accepted and as though I could contribute a lot and share some of my insight however small it might be. I have also met and shared discussions with some very bright people and I know that from reading this article that people take this site and "cult" very seriously which encourages me to do the same.

    I'm not a bootlicker, I swear..
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    Jun 28 2012: Elitist ... smarter ..... insider ...... silicon valley nerds .... I don't have to take these complements ....... I am going to lower my IQ and write for the BBC News Mag. Had to be a real slow news week to publish this article. The late PT Barnum said, "Print anything you want but be sure to get the name right." Free publicity. No damage done here.

    All the best. Bob.
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      Jun 28 2012: Well said! (My thumbs up is not working right now for whatever reaons)
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    Jun 28 2012: well written?did not really learn anything that wasn't obvious after visiting TED a few times,except this site had a bias towards Silicon Valley, i have not found this to be accurate though.
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    Jun 27 2012: A journalist seeks the most readers possible for profit, ego, and/or job security. I do not remember where, but some sites have posted the stats on articles they post. The more controversial the article the more readers/views. It is sad but that is life.