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Elizabeth Rivas

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Do you believe TED is elitist and exclusive?

My main reason for asking this question is to find out how you,the members feel about TED as a non-profit organization. I've recently been looking into TED because of a research paper for school and I've been aiming to argue against the idea that TED is elitist and that they are exclusive. However I would really like to hear from other people whether you believe TED is in some ways elitist and/or exclusive.


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  • May 29 2013: Lets simplify this.

    ANY site that does not let ANYone post ANYthing can be labeled "elitist and exclusive."

    By that criteria, TED certainly is "elitist and exclusive."

    That is why TED is BETTER, and that is why I visit it so often.

    If you want a quality site, you have to pick and choose (curate).

    IMO, people who criticize TED as "elitist and exclusive" are being lazy. TED must have some faults that can be described in much more specific and more meaningful language. Let us know what they are, so we can make TED even better.
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      Jun 3 2013: This made me laugh. I really like what you had to say. Curation has to take place if we want quality. Plus I'm sure the people who curate TED go to great lengths to be unbiased and unprejudiced in their picking and choosing what gets to be seen. I am sad to hear though the instances that TED hasn't put up a video of a speaker. I am talking about one speech given by Nick Hanauer on income equality. It wasn't put up because it was an election year and it was too political. When I read things like that it makes me feel like there's another side to TED.
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      Jun 3 2013: Then again, the article I was reading was already biased against TED. Still, the fact that they didn't put this video up makes me question TED
      • Jun 3 2013: We should question TED just as we question everything. I do not think anyone considers TED perfect.

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