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Chris Anderson

Curator, TED


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Should anyone be able to upload their TEDTalk to TED.com?

YES: because there are thousands of invisible geniuses out there. Let's bring their wisdom to the world! The TED crowd will quickly vote up the good ones.

NO: it will plunge the site into an ocean of mediocrity. The best thing about TED.com is that it's curated. Every talk is good. Don't turn it into youtube

Topics: ideas innovation

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    Feb 11 2011: Curation requires trust. People come to TED to watch videos they trust are worth 18+ minutes of their full attention. The process may not capture all the substance in the world, but eliminating noise differentiates TED from most other video hub. People upload videos for a variety of reasons: some self-promotionally irrelevant or mediocre, others validly brilliant. Voting these means the TED crowd will have to now do the sifting work to find that hidden gem. I vote no.

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