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Theme: The Rules of the Game

This event occurred on
August 5, 2018
1:00pm - 9:00pm MSK
(UTC +3hrs)
Moscow, Moskva

It is customary to talk about technology and culture as processes related to the development and expansion of borders. However, the borders are not only expanding, they are also shifting.

Presidential elections and referendums, terrorist attacks and declarations of new capitals, controversial films and offbeat rap battles… Numerous events of recent years encourage us to re-think what to consider normal or acceptable and to discover with surprise or amazement what others think is acceptable. More often than not, general rules and taboos shape both global worldview and individual understanding of intimacy. What one ought to do when these rules change so rapidly?

Where people have been designing the rules of the game for generations, technologies dramatically alter the conventional world order: journalistic ethics, gender behavior, academic interests – all collide with a new information space, a new ethic, leading to sudden outbreaks and explosions, ruining hard-earned reputations and breaking the established connections.

It is difficult to guess what can or cannot (yet) be said. As the list of all possible taboos is expanding globally and locally, the existing tools of censorship are changing, the new ones are appearing, and the means to combat the censor are evolving.

We start to react in new unpredictable ways to the “traditional” or “conventional” taboos, and attempt to shape new rules abiding by the old patterns and habits. The taboos themselves transform and mutate - what we used to perceive as "good" could, in fact, be implanted by the "right of the strong".

How did it happen that, in the fight against what seems to be “evil”, respectable well-intentioned people use the methods that were condemned by the society not so long ago? How does the hierarchy of taboos look like? What is less and what more acceptable? In which cases can the taboos be useful? Could the strategy of rejecting the rules all together be a winning one? Could it be that those, who make use of technologies but do not burden themselves with the corresponding rules, will catch up and overtake the high achievers who struggle to “do it right”? The rules of the game – is it also the problem of the fathers and the sons? How does one create the rules if they cannot be controlled?

We invite you to join TEDxMoscow 2018 to jointly think about ways of survival in the world of new rules and old problems.

Tretyakov Galery
12 Lavryshinsky pereulok
Moscow, Moskva, 119017
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Alexandra Arkhipova

Russian State University for the Humanities, Center of Typological and Semiotics Folklore Studies, Faculty Member.

Organizing team


Moscow, Russian Federation


Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Aleksei Smirnov
  • Alexey Rumin
  • Andrey Voronin
  • Anna Kosheleva
  • Elena Anastasieva
  • Euginia Russkih
  • Igor Tulin
  • Marina Danshina
  • Max Gerasimov
  • Natalia Gerasimova
  • Nikolay Yakovenko
  • Peter Mansilla Cruz
  • Sofia Ivanova
  • Yulia Maksimova
  • Александр Сычев