- Matias Gary
- Somerville, MA
- United States
Does TED present and/or allow a political bias?
I am a new user, and love TED so far. The talks are entertaining, enthralling, and informative.
I myself--and this is with minimal time spent on TED--seem to detect a liberal/left wing slant based on the speakers, the content of their talks, and so forth. Maybe it is just that these creative and intelligent individuals are also rather progressive, and being progressive and liberal go hand-in-hand?
I believe everyone has some sort of political opinion, regardless of whether they wish to or not (I certainly don't), since it is a defining feature of being human.
Hence, every speaker on this site must have a political bias. The question is not, however, whether or not the speakers show political bias.
What I would like to know is:
-Does TED moderate which talks are put on the site? If so, on what grounds?
-Are the speakers in any way screened based on WHAT it is they're going to say, as opposed to if it is innovative? (for example, might a speaker advocating the reduction of using fossil fuels have a better shot at getting a spot than someone who says there is no shortage of oil etc.)
-What constitutes an idea to be worth spreading in the first place?
I am not trying to provoke anything, I simply am curious about this issue and would like some insight from other TED enthusiasts and possibly a representative of TED (though I am sure that someone from the site would leave me well assured of TED's neutrality, regardless of whether or not it is actual).