The cult of TED

The cult of TED

Excellent BBC News magazine piece on the TED Conference.

Many people think TED is an elitist organization: it’s expensive to attend, one must apply, not just pay, no questions during lectures, and all the lectures are available online for free which means attending isn’t necessarily about the lectures.

Maybe attending is as much about networking with the kinds of folks who are admitted to TED conferences as it is about hearing the lectures live.

It may be that TED is elitist but sometimes it takes making an event like this exclusive to filter out the chaff. The question is, does filtering amplify and support only one prevailing viewpoint, making the conference an exercise in intellectual eugenics. There may be strands of this in Chris Anderson’s script for deciding which ideas are worth spreading and which are not, but so far, as a fan of TED I have to say that almost every time I watch a TED talk I’m stimulated and inspired.

[via Jon Moss]

How I fell in love with a fish

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

I love this, beautifully presented and reasoned.

[via Malia Vatikiotis-Bateson]

TED talks on Netflix

TED expands its reach with streaming talks on Netflix

Netflix streaming library doesn’t have all the deep content their DVD library has but it has plenty of gems and there’s enough content up there to justify an AppleTV if you’re into such things.

Now you can watch TED talks on your computer, iPad, iPhone or, your TV.

Searching for stuff like this on AppleTV is tough but setting up a nice, fat Netflix streaming que on your computer is easy. Here’s the beginning of a TED list to add to your que if you’re into such things: TED Talks on Netflix.