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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 15 2011: The most common reason underlying the "No's" is the belief that the crowd couldn't curate itself. Why couldn't it?
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      Feb 15 2011: Maybe because in the reality they (crowds in real life situations) can't: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/02/10/deindividuation/ . Of course, the examples in the article are far too different than voting on videos but, basically, it's enough for me to start questioning.

      Also, with free voting systems many 'internet gems' get to the top only because they seemed hilarious to a critical mass of people while they aren't that good.
      "Oh, it isn't idea worth spreading, but it is too cute to not get a vote up".
      "I've watched it all but I haven't noticed anything good here. Did I waste my time? I don't waste my time, there must be something! Oh, yes, it was, I remember, that idea. Yup, it's definitely worth a vote up. I'm so glad I watched it."

      I think crowd could curate itself. But I doubt it would do as well as TED now does. That's that.

      I've just recalled some ideas from J. Surowiecki "The Wisdom of Crowds". I wonder whether voting systems could be more effective if the current votes were invisible before voting or couldn't be seen at all. (On a side note, it's really worth reading, you can get some ideas from Wikipedia article.)

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