Morton Bast

editorial coordinator, TED
New York, NY, United States

About Morton

Bio

Morton Bast comments, proofreads, fact-checks, moderates, reads, writes and reasons for TED.com. She has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a thirst for knowledge, and a medium-sized collection of Hello Kitty paraphernalia. She is also a New Yorker, for which there is no known cure.

Languages

English, French

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

I'm passionate about

Creating community, learning new words, downtime, walking as a means of transportation, diversity, toothbrushing, family.

Talk to me about

religion, adolescence, chick lit

People don't know I'm good at

geography, untying knots, rhyming

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted 25 days ago
Colin Grant: How our stories cross over
I wondered about this too, but I think the way he tells the story sort of deliberately invites that kind of ambiguity and uncertainty. His storytelling starts with an almost fairy tale-like quality, which does not demand a seriousness on the level of the content. I think you'd have to be very familiar with his feelings in order to be certain it was a serious story right off the bat -- in my mind, he was making his emotions hard to read on purpose.
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Morton Bast
Posted about 2 months ago
Clint Smith: The danger of silence
Hi Acquanda - That's definitely a negative stereotype that gets passed around, but if you poke around our selection of talks I think you'll find that we have a wide range of voices, including those who've put their lives and careers on the line to create change in a very radical way. If there's a person or subject area you feel like we're missing out on, you can suggest a speaker here: http://www.ted.com/nominate/speaker
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Morton Bast
Posted about 2 months ago
Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming
Very well put. I wasn't quite able to pinpoint why the reference to the barefoot fruit salesman fell short here. My initial reaction was that it wasn't convincing or realistic -- that I didn't get the sense that he was talking about an actual person, but about a stereotype. I thought it detracted from the talk because, unlike much of what he's discussing, it didn't seem to come from any kind of firsthand knowledge or experience. But I think you've hit on a more important aspect of it: It may be the respect, more so than the footwear, that determines the success and happiness of the entrepreneur.
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Morton Bast
Posted about 2 months ago
Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)
An interesting perspective. I think the thing about Facebook being so large and having so many users is that there are many, many people who feel the way you do, and also many, many people who feel very differently. Their staff needs to design for users who love their product and for users who hate their product. While "crap" is subjective, making it pretty hard to create a universal crap filter, they do have plenty of tools for limiting what type of posts can appear on your newsfeed, and from whom. I'm not suggesting you should try harder to make your Facebook be what you want it to -- if you're just not a fan, you're just not a fan -- but I do think it's important to keep in mind that everyone uses it differently. There are those who feel that it is (rather than could have been) a great tool for social awareness, because that's how they use it.
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Morton Bast
Posted 3 months ago
Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English
Yes, I believe her poetry is indeed protesting something -- it's protesting the fact that many people view two of these forms of spoken English as "a rape of the English language." It's quite a legitimate protest, one that's central to the study of language and culture in America, and not at all in her head. And you may not think that's substance, but I certainly do.