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Debra Smith


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Is it fair or respectful to rate any TED talk OBNOXIOUS?

From dictionary.com:
ob·nox·ious   /əbˈnɒkʃəs/ Show Spelled
[uhb-nok-shuhs] Show IPA

1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.
2. annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself: an obnoxious little brat.
3. Archaic . exposed or liable to harm, evil, or anything objectionable.
4. Obsolete . liable to punishment or censure; reprehensible.


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    Mar 5 2011: Why? What purpose would rating someone's presentation as obnoxious achieve? Granted, all rating are subjective, though choosing a description that is less personalized might be more in keeping with TED. I think it might be difficult for many to sort out the difference between the talk having an obnoxious overtone, verses your opinion of the person as being obnoxious -- which really wouldn't do at all.

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