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We need to talk about TED

We need to talk about TED
In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky. But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong? I write about entanglements of technology and culture, how technologies enable the making of certain worlds, and at the same time how culture structures how those technologies will evolve, this way or that. So my TED talk is not about my work or my new book – the usual spiel – but about TED itself, what it is and why it doesn't work. The first reason is over-simplification. At this point I kind of lost it. What is TED? So what is TED exactly? What is it that the TED audience hopes to get from this? I'm sorry but this fails to meet the challenges that we are supposedly here to confront. T and Technology T – E – D.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/we-need-to-talk-about-ted

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