Mar 102013

An excellent critique of the TED talks and their approach to education. Along the way it points out the commercial interests that are never acknowledged in these talks and flags the hypocrisy of its elitist and authoritarian use of lectures and memes to free “learners” from schools.

In the TED world of techno-humanitarianism, … computer-enabled learning certainly makes for an incredibly compelling story.

But once something becomes a TED Talk, it becomes oddly unassailable. The video, the speech, the idea, the applause — there too often stops our critical faculties. We don’t interrupt. We don’t jeer. We don’t ask any follow-up questions.

They lecture. We listen.

You are not supposed to interrogate a TED Talk. You’re supposed to share the talk on Facebook.

You don’t get to ask questions of a TED Talk. Even the $10,000 ticket to watch it live only gives you the privilege of a seat in the theater.


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