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David Irvine

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Is TED turning into a "my 15 minutes of fame" site?

Recently I have seen, as usual, many inspiring and enlightening TED talks. This is what I use TED for, inspiration, enlightenment and furthering knowledge though great questions and amazing invention as well as many other things.

I do feel, however, there are many more statements that focus on 'I call it' or 'I was nearly in tears', all in their own right maybe entertaining, but not in line with what I watch TED for. I suppose I am saying there is many more talks that highlight speakers rather than the subject matter. Not that highlighting speakers is not great, especially if they are exceptional, however it was always more the subject matter that inspired me.

I feel a wee bit uneasy when speakers are nearly in tears with shacking voices stating how 'if we could only not starve folks, or 'why do these people suffer so'. Now I do feel these talks have a place and an important place, but to me they are in a different genre than Technology, Innovation (Education) and Design.

So do we need two distinct TED streams, a TED one and a compassion, human felling, doing 'right for rights sake' type stream?

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    Sep 10 2011: Well said ! it is my point though, the countless ways now include much more than previously TED was. Maybe a good thing but then again it may be stuff really important to some is missed just cause there is so much now. If we take it to an extreme and make it a moderated youtube then it would become even more difficult.

    Again, I am unequivocally not saying it's wrong, but it certainly is different. Maybe we should have an ever continuing increase to the amount of talks and their diversity should be celebrated, but there is a logical conclusion to that.

    I cannot thank TED enough and have recommended it to swathes of people and had great feedback from them, but now I do feel there is less focus in the areas that used to attract me. (selfish perhaps, I can accept that).

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