August 8th, 2012

Semiformalishmaybe

More Thoughts on TED

I don't recall if I've written about this or not publically; this may be a restatement.

Sometime back, TED invited someone to one of their conferences, and like many other attendees, he spoke but was not guaranteed a slot on their website. He was a venture capitalist speaking on wealth inequality. The talk was decent, not amazing, and it wasn't posted on TED's website. The speaker asked why it wasn't published, and a handful of reasons were given, among them the claim that it was politically sensitive and TED didn't want to rock the boat (presumably because of their sponsors). The speaker then hired a PR firm to try to spin that into support for the book tied with the talk.

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