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What do you think TED is? (almost in a word)

I think TED is one of the most symbolic and meaningful things in contemporary intellectual culture. Culture is something hard to say in a word, but TED definitely shows us something about it. So I wonder what do you-TEDsters think TED is.

* Yes, I know this kind of questions may be like theories, not practical solution, sorry :-) , but I do think this is going to be a meaningful try to understand contemporary intellectual culture. I'm on my master's paper and I want to know more about it by examing how TEDsters think of TED. So I would like to take your answers as references for the academic use. Please excuse me about this, and thank you for any kinds of participations and advices!

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    Dec 1 2011: facebook for nerdy people ;)
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    Dec 1 2011: I Think Therefore I TED.
  • Dec 4 2011: TED = a vibrant space where optimists outnumber cynics and disappointed idealists
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    Nov 30 2011: TED is "elation"; exposure to a series of "ah-ha" moments, which give us a sense of euphoria.
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    Nov 28 2011: TED for me is friend, family and teacher. It brings togetherness around me. Nothing is far enough, i found another family from TED. So, I can't thank you enough.
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    Nov 30 2011: I believe TED is an meme ( /ˈmiːm/[1]) is "an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."[2]
    A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.[3]
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    Nov 29 2011: Penetrating.

    I think it is like rain water is to the dry earth. It perculates through social consciousness to soften, enliven and create change and maybe even new life.
  • Nov 29 2011: Facebook for people with a brain !!
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    Nov 29 2011: Soapbox.
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    Nov 27 2011: A place where the CIA and Military Industrial complex can watch what we think and say?
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        Nov 28 2011: Maybe, Yes. hahaha! or.. he said they should watch TED and learn something or what..?
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    Nov 27 2011: An worldwide educational playground for adults?
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    Dec 5 2011: A growing global network in the constructive power of the pen over the sword.
  • Dec 5 2011: Illumination.
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    Dec 3 2011: Viagra for the brain!
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    Dec 1 2011: TED seems to be a "Metabrain", everybody is collaborating in some way, either by translations, by comments or by presenting ideas at the conferences... We seem to be working as neurons in a human brain we inspire or be inspired by somebody. Eventually an intelligent cloud made of tedsters influence around...
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    Dec 1 2011: TED = HOPE
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    Dec 1 2011: In one word? 'Open'.
  • Nov 30 2011: Breath of air in a civilization controlled by Hollywood programming.
  • Nov 29 2011: ideas sanctuary
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    Nov 29 2011: Brainbuilding Club !
    I love TED !
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    Nov 29 2011: education
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    Nov 29 2011: INNOVATIVE - TED and its members have proven that they have great ideas, they are able to improve those ideas, and they are able to create great thought provoking debates (like this one). TEDsters and TED.com is definatly innovative.
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      Nov 29 2011: "enlightment" in a network society, especially for TED... sounds like the flux of concentration and dispersion .. interesting :-)
  • Dec 11 2011: Ideas
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    Dec 5 2011: Technology, Education, Discovery. But I just read that I was wrong according to the original words. Nevertheless, my guess is still valid in my opinion.
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    Dec 4 2011: Hope.
  • Dec 4 2011: Peaceful, intelligent, interaction
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    Dec 3 2011: Mind-opening
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    Dec 3 2011: Sharing