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Here is what major newspapers and websites have said about TED through the years, in reverse-chronological order:

“TED has broken the mould of what one expects from a speech. Speakers do not explain how to configure a bit of kit nor why one product is superior or inferior to another. Rather, they try to reconfigure listeners' minds.”
The Economist
November 17, 2012

“The move online has undeniably transformed TED from a conference company into something more like a media company. Free online access is just one of two major initiatives that TED has undertaken to engage a wider audience. The other is fully physical and has equally changed the character of the organization. That initiative, called TEDx, began in 2008 as a way to bring TED-like gatherings to smaller communities. It quickly spread to cities and towns around the globe—1,300 so far, in 134 countries, hosting more than 800,000 people in total.”
Wired
November 16, 2012

“When most people think about viral videos, they imagine the infectious pop hit ‘Gangnam Style’ or meme-like ‘three-minute kitten videos,’ as TED talks curator Chris Anderson put it. But today, the popular collection of 18-minute TED Talk videos surpassed 1 billion views since it first released six free talks, featuring luminaries like Bill Gates, Al Gore and David Pogue.”
Salon
November 13, 2012

“TED, the global organization that specializes in both conferences and online inspirational talks, has taken the idea a step further with TED-Ed, a Web site with educational videos that can be customized. ‘It’s a better fit for education in the 21st century,’ Chris Anderson, the head of TED, said at a news conference in Tokyo in late May. ‘TED-Ed was founded as a way of empowering teachers, as well as giving a large platform for great teachers to produce their talks or lessons on video for the world.’”
The New York Times
June 24, 2012

“Today, TED reinvents the access and dissemination of knowledge, pulls experts through new dogmatisms, and resuscitates the exchange of ideas through speech. On top of the two annual conferences, where ideas and talents are placed upon the stage like in a Hollywood show, TED diffuses all of its content for free on its site TED.com.”
Le Monde
June 22, 2012

“It has grown from a niche conference on the themes of Technology, Entertainment and Design to a global brand… But at its heart it remains a conference dedicated to the stories told on stage: 18 minutes of insight into a range of topics which it hopes will offer world-changing solutions to some of the biggest global problems.”
BBC News
March 2, 2012

“The TED Conference is a must for those who are or are close to someone in the [fields of] technology, entertainment, design, environment, science, culture, ecology, education, social development and all those things together. Both those who attend and those who come as public speakers are multi-talented people…and have one thing in common: they believe in the power of ideas to transform and improve the planetary life.”
El Pais
February 28, 2012

“The conference has been held every year in California and attracted a stellar, and sometimes unexpected, line-up of speakers: Bill Gates, Frank Gehry, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Bono.”
Financial Times
July 23, 2010

“TED, which takes place annually in Long Beach, California, is the only [conference] that fully exploits the power of what you might call, with apologies to Cisco, the human network. In the nine years since publishing entrepreneur Chris Anderson bought TED, it has grown way beyond a mere conference. By combining the principles of ‘radical openness’ and of ‘leveraging the power of ideas to change the world,’ TED is in the process of creating something brand new. I would go so far as to argue that it's creating a new Harvard -- the first new top-prestige education brand in more than 100 years.”
Fast Company
September 1, 2010

“At around this time of year, it seems the Internet is 35 percent TED Talks. TED is a funny phenomenon, though. On the one hand, getting the YouTube generation to sit down and watch lectures seems a counter-intuitive proposition. But there's something about these videos that seems to have captured the Web's shiny, aspirational spirit.”
Toronto Globe and Mail
March 19, 2009

“There are not many conferences at which a talk by Bill Gates on preventing malaria and educating America's disadvantaged school children would be followed by a discourse on how internet pornography is changing relations between the sexes. But there is at least one. Welcome to TED.”
The Economist
February 12, 2009

“A tech antidote to our current pessimism. Welcome to TED. Founded 25 years ago, the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design conference is the place for glimpses into the future.”
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2009

“To call TED ‘elitist’ makes it sound like snobbery. Not so. Instead, imagine a gathering peppered with dozens of futurists, artists, CEOs, and scientists -- plus a few more folks who defy categorization. They get all together for several days (Feb. 3-7) to listen to mind-blowing talks about everything from population trends to sea creatures. It is an intellectual Mardi Gras.”
CBS News
February 9, 2009

“TED is brimming with innovators, people less interested in figuring out how to prop up the collapsed economy of the last century than in creating an economy for the 21st century.”
Arianna Huffington on the Huffington Post
February 6, 2009

“Oh why oh why have I been bingeing on TED talks again? I promised myself I would quit watching the ecstatic series of head-rush disquisitions, available online, from violinists, political prisoners, brain scientists, novelists and Bill Clinton. But I can’t. Each hortatory TED talk starts with a bang and keeps banging till it explodes in fireworks. How can I shut it off? The speakers seem fevered, possessed, Pentecostal. No wonder I am, too, now.”
The New York Times Magazine
January 23, 2009

“The TED Talks program single-handedly popularized the phenomenon of brainy programming. It's an online repository of zippy, often provocative presentations delivered by speakers at the eponymous conference.”
Boston Globe
November 2, 2008

“Consistently the best thing you can watch on the internet: the TED talks. Brilliant people, in the true sense of the word.”
Guardian UK
July 25, 2008

"Best website ever, I mean, EVER! It's called TED. Click on the link, go to the TED Talks page and then tie a bandanna around your forehead because the ideas you'll hear will blow your mind -- and I mean that in the best way possible."
The Lone Tomato
February 4, 2007

"If you follow only one link from this blog in your life ... this is the one to choose."
Steven Levitt of Freakonomics.com
August 27, 2006

"At TED2006, I had a peak life experience in the form of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson. He stirred my soul and reminded me why I was here on this planet. If you're engaged in any kind of creative endeavors in your life, you must see this."
Ideo designer Diego Rodriguez on Metacool.typepad.com
June 27, 2006

"If you are looking for something that will expand your mind, open your heart, and possibly rekindle your faith in humankind, a good place to start is listening to the fabulously inspiring presentations made by the best and brightest among us."
NHNE.org

"These talks are smart, concise, enjoyable and necessary in the world we live in today. TED removes the stereotype of talking heads, and allows the speakers to get to the truly important issues. It's comforting to know that we still have people like these looking after our nation, our lifestyles and our planet."
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