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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

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    Feb 14 2011: No. Even in parliament's - a 'speaker' is essential to moderate discussions. If the epitome of a democratic institution requires moderation, surely there must be limits to freedom of expression in a site hosted by an independent not-for-profit institution! As the number of people accessing TED.com not merely in English but in other languages increases, the need to ensure that a platform created for spreading ideas does not get used to harm the sentiments of others will grow.
    If at all, TED would like to create the space for external review or arbitration they could create an independent panel - to whom requests that have been turned down can be submitted again. A forum for redressal at best!
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        Feb 14 2011: I agree with you and that is why I think given the diversity - even in the way we use the same language - a site like TED must be moderated to ensure that it does not cause collateral damage. We live in a time of growing intolerance to other opinions and while this must be fought and TED.com is in itself a good example of freedom of expression, caution would be prudent.

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