TED Talks Don’t Work - They’re Dumbed Down and Ineffective, Says TED Talker
2014-01-09 0:00

By Red Ice Creations

TED TALKS, But Says Little

University Professor Benjamin Bratton has given the TED talk to end all TED talks - perhaps literally.

TED talks are public speaking engagements which highlight scientific ideas and solutions. They’re "often seen as presenting a non-profit forum of thoughts and concepts that would otherwise be missed by the mainstream and insulated research communities." Source

Bratton, associate professor of visual arts at the University of California, gave a talk which shunned the TED formula of "ideas worth spreading".

Specifically, he characterized the talks as "middlebrow megachurch infotainment" and "placebo politics", and he’s not alone. Past critics have suggested that TED talks are acts “that turns scientists and thinkers into low-level entertainers”.

TED talks are host to great ideas and are held (usually) with the best of intentions, but as the popularity and exposure of the talks grew, so too did the uneasiness of TED organizers about message control. Mainstream and consensus scientific ideas are seen as ’fit’ for TED, others not so much.

Red Ice Creations wrote an article detailing the censorship exerted by the organizing committee members of what is supposed to be an open stage for scientific discovery and open-minded exchange.

TED: Some ideas TOO fascinating - Hancock, Sheldrake’s censored talks

Apparently Professor Bratton agrees that the science is NOT settled when it comes to TED talks, and under the current paradigm these performances are not an idea worth continuing.

Yahoo reports:

[...]Bratton delivered his critique of TED, a nonprofit that says it’s devoted to "ideas worth spreading," during a TED talk, of all places. In an 11-minute rebuke, Bratton asks why the proposed bright futures often promised in TED talks don’t come true. He lists a series of reasons why, but resists coming up with "one simple takeaway," because, to him, over-simplification is one of the shortcomings of TED, which stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design."

If we really want transformation, we have to slog through the hard stuff (history, economics, philosophy, art, ambiguities, contradictions). Bracketing it off to the side to focus just on technology, or just on innovation, actually prevents transformation. Instead of dumbing-down the future, we need to raise the level of general understanding to the level of complexity of the systems in which we are embedded and which are embedded in us.

Bratton continued:
"At a societal level, the bottom line is if we invest in things that make us feel good but which don’t work, and don’t invest things that don’t make us feel good but which may solve problems, then our fate is that it will just get harder to feel good about not solving problems. In this case the placebo is worse than ineffective, it’s harmful."





By Red Ice Creations




Related Articles
Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals - Nature, Science
Internet inventor slams UK, US for ’appalling and foolish’ surveillance and censorship


Latest News from our Front Page

Pressure from the United Patriots Front Stops Mosque Plan
2016-04-28 20:10
Pressure from the United Patriots Front appears to have killed off a mosque development in Narre Warren North. The City of Casey council now looks likely to withhold planning approval for the development in a special meeting set for Tuesday night. A council report, to be considered by councillors on Tuesday, recommends that the approval be blocked. The mosque opponents’ cause has been helped by councillor ...
Police face questions over the influence of the Freemasons
2016-04-28 20:48
South Yorkshire Police today face questions over whether powerful 'secret society' the Freemasons held sway over the force at the time of Hillsborough. Families of victims say that officers who were Masons were promoted into powerful positions despite being ill-equipped, including match commander David Duckenfield. Duckenfield told the fresh inquests he had been a Freemason since 1975 and became head of his ...
England Bans its Own Flag to Avoid Offending Muslims
2016-04-27 2:23
St. George's Cross "racist" towards immigrants Government officials said their city was ‘too multicultural’ to celebrate St George’s Day, England’s version of the 4th of July. The council said that displaying the English flag may have been seen as “racist” towards immigrants.
Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’
2016-04-27 2:09
Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent. He was part of a new order which emerged in ...
"Local Residents" Are Filmed Stealing Dozens of Bottles of Water at London Marathon Stop
2016-04-25 23:10
Editor's Comment: "Local" residents? Why bother blurring their faces? We know who they are. ... London marathon runners were robbed of dozens of bottled waters when thieves raided a refreshment area armed with trolleys during today's race. Nearby residents - including parents with children - were captured on camera piling up crates of free water handed out by volunteers during the 26-mile event. Marathon ...
More News »