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Chris Anderson

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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 17 2011: Great discussion. Like anything truly unique and interesting, the best solution is never black or white, but rather an elusive shade of grey. Some reckon that the crowd demonstrates wisdom per se, and that the described system would automatically yield optimum results. That wisdom is a statistical wisdom which gives equal weight to all participants, regardless of their individual levels of subjective wisdom. Does the crowd always make the "right" decision … even a smarty pants crowd like the TED Membership? In my experience as a community and brand builder, this is not always the case. The best democracies are strongly led. The ship can be driven by the network, but people at the centre possessed of individual wisdom, exercising balance and judgement, need to take over the steering from time to time. The integration of this "old school" wisdom into any new system would be a requirement in my view.

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