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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 21 2011: Ideally we would all want to avoid TED becoming YouTube, but I agree that there are many hidden geniuses out there. So I think that yes we ought to have a means of allowing anyone to submit something to TED, but perhaps it ought to remain as a curated system. So if I have a great idea about how we need to change houses and their consumption of resources, and I submit either a preview of 1-2 min to the TED crowd to review, or to the curator of TED allowing them to decide whether or not it would be a good TEDTalk. The reality in my eyes is that though there are many geniuses out there, unless they have had some sort of success with their goal or idea, or at least have done something worth mentioning about it, it seems to me that its just another idea, that could very well sound good to them but not the rest of the world. Many of the TEDTalks that I watch feature people who have spent the time researching or pushing their idea or topic as far as they can, and the act of giving a TEDTalk is just another way to pushing the idea or invention forward. So I think we need to maintain curatorship over TED but could have a system that allows the TED community to vote on a collection of independent submissions to the TED curator.

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