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Is TED white washing corporate propaganda?

I've made comments trying to expose Adam as someone as a shill for wall street and they keep getting deleted because it would harm adams reputation.

Adam has known conflicts of interest and questionable integrity as a "journalist".

http://shameproject.com/profile/adam-davidson/

TED likes to bill itself as "open minded" but anything that opposes the deeply fundamentalist free market beliefs of TEDS backers tends to get deleted. This is not the first time I've exposed peoples conflict of interest and trying to tell TEDSTERS that something is rotten at ted and they should take certain TED talks with a large grain of salt.

TEDS audience reaches many people who are not literate or historically well read enough to see and distinguish corporate propaganda.

The whole "fiscal cliff" crisis was manufactured and is total propaganda. But you won't hear that at TED.

Fiscal Cliff "Crisis" Manufactured to Prey on the Weak

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=9326

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    Dec 23 2012: It's great they have finally let you in, Bob. I have not noticed too much of a censorship here, but I am not saying there is none. What is more perplexing to me is the general lack of critical thinking. Patting everybody on the back is nice but it gets us nowhere.
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      Dec 23 2012: Do you have a theory, Jedrek, for why critical thinking is uncommon in public spaces? While some may attribute this perhaps perplexing phenomenon to lack of developed skill in this area, I believe there is an important element of choice in it. Is there, for example, a stigma (outside of a few settings) associated with analysis or careful thought and a glamor associated with the reverse, including quickly stated unsupported claims?

      Do you have a hypothesis?

      I know I have spent much of my life in contexts in which critical thinking was expected and tolerance for fluffystuff was very low. I have been in other settings in which critical thinking was accepted but fluffy stuff as well. And I have been in settings in which fluffy stuff was the norm and critical thinking wasn't even tolerated (as, I was once told, it interfered with people's ability to hang out and relax!).
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        Dec 23 2012: I agree with you Fritzie, but do not take it for patting on the back!

        I do not know how much is the lack of critical thinking the result of a stigma and how much of good manners.
        Because one reason could be this: critical thinking is not delicate to put it mildly. On a forum like this, where there are many strangers one does not want to sound impolite. The consequence of this is a general acknowledgement and acceptance of each and every idea.
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          Dec 23 2012: I would say that ideas which are sincerely put forward are worthy of acknowledgement as a person's ideas, but acknowledgement and accepting the truth or soundness of these ideas are two different things.

          I think you are right that people often hesitate in being outspoken with strangers, because they do not know whether the stranger will take it as rudeness or personal attack.

          I think too that people often choose the most productive places to put their energies. For example, if someone clearly has prejudices from which the person will not budge and the person has little serious influence as an opinion maker or decisionmaker, those who may privately review that person's ideas with a critical eye might just leave it alone in terms of responding to it. The same critical thinker may engage seriously and with high energy 'where it counts."
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          Dec 23 2012: Jedrek,
          Critical thinking CAN be expressed just as much with back-patting, respect and kindness. One who possesses these communication skills and qualities is not necessarily lacking critical thinking. Whether we express our own critical thinking delicately or not, is a choice we all make. Accepting each and every idea IS NOT a consequence, unless we choose it to be so. We do not have to express our individual "critical thinking" in a disrespectful way.

          Fritzie,
          I agree that most people choose where, when, why and with whom we spend our energy:>)
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        Dec 23 2012: Fritzie,
        Are you seperating those who practice or speak "critical thinking" from those who practice or speak "fluffystuff"?

        I have also been in many settings where critical thinking AND fluffy stuff was intermixed, and that is my favorite.....that is truly freedom, and comfort.....IMHO:>)
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          Dec 23 2012: No, Colleen, I am not separating people into types. I am distinguishing discourse about ideas or professional-type discourse from more strictly social conversations. Example: I walk in the park and have friendly conversations with people about their dogs and when the kids are coming home... but I typically don't talk with people I bump into in the park about challenging ideas. Here on TED I would not inquire about people's dogs or when the kids are coming home or share these aspects of my life.
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        Dec 23 2012: Fritzie,
        Perhaps I misinterpreted...you write...

        "I know I have spent much of my life in contexts in which critical thinking was expected and tolerance for fluffystuff was very low. I have been in other settings in which critical thinking was accepted but fluffy stuff as well. And I have been in settings in which fluffy stuff was the norm and critical thinking wasn't even tolerated (as, I was once told, it interfered with people's ability to hang out and relax!)."

        You say..."it interfered with people's ability to hang out and relax". If you are "distinguishing discourse", as you say, which prevents people from hanging out and relaxing, are you not seperating people into catagories as well?

        I'm not trying to find fault here....simply having a discourse, and apparently we are different in that respect. I like to participate in conversations that unfold and evolve no matter where I am....walking in the park and conversing with people I meet, have produced some of the MOST intriguing, interesting, in depth, conversations based on critical thinking. I don't limit where, why, when, or with whom a very interesting conversation might evolve:>) My biking buddies are always kidding me about the fact that I connect and start talking with people EVERYWHERE! They often ask me....;do you know that person?......well I do now!!!.........I LOVE IT!
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          Dec 24 2012: I am not separating people into categories. I participated in a site at one time in which the host suggested that analytical comment with supporting evidence and so forth was at odds with people's being able to hang out and relax. I am not saying such conversation inteferes with my ability to relax or, in fact, to anyone's. I said only that the host of the site discouraged such a mode of discourse on the basis of that argument.

          I walk really fast and do not tend to get into serious conversations with others in the park, who tend to be moving much more slowly or who are running. I am sure others stop longer or converse seriously while running. Public spaces accomodate individuals' choices in this regard.
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      Dec 23 2012: Hi Jedrek,
      I have not noticed too much censorship of ideas. I HAVE noticed censorship of disrespectful, demeaning, abusive comments, which TED has CLEARLY said they will delete. Patting people on the back and critical thinking are not mutually exclusive....do you think?
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      Dec 23 2012: Jed.

      I thought Bob has been on this forum for quite a long time? If he can find a new york times article on David then yes, i would look closely at it but since it has no impact on my personal economic situation or my countries current future growth or contraction then it purely comes down to what Bob states with links.

      I know of one local radio hosts story that seems eerily similar to what the links suggest.

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