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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 30 2013: Definitively not, anyone can join, anyone can watch the talks, anyone can comment, and since no one is excluded it cannot be classified as exclusive nor elitist. Attending to a life event is of course expensive and because of that reserved for the few that can pay for it, but like Edward wisely explained: concluding that TED is elitist and exclusive because of that is a misconducted reasoning.
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      Jun 3 2013: Yes, all very true!Critics are always going to have something negative to say, but it doesn't mean that it's automatically true. People who really wish to attend the event, like myself, will have the drive and motivation to figure out a way to go no matter what.
      • Jun 3 2013: Hope you can really go and have a good sit... and of course I envy you. Good luck.

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