All things change. Has the “TED experience” jumped the shark and become … a controlling institution?
I’ve never been to TED, but I do love watching the videos. Recently, this week the Internet is abuzz with some cases of TED deleting videos that they had posted. And then there’s this worrisome interview with Restauranteur Eddie Huang recounting the regimented and controlling experience he had while there.
Luckily, the TED blog is giving us a blog post with their reasons for pulling the talks, and responses from the speakers and an update March 18, 2013 describes how they are reviewing the Graham Handcock and Rupert Sheldrake responses. We can go watch and make up our own mind.
Eddie Huang meanwhile describes his experience as a TED Fellow as, “It was like being at a fucking Scientology summer camp. It was horrible.”
To me it sounds as creepy as a Landmark Forum experience. They even took away his fellowship because he left the premises for an afternoon.
Then, like a TV audience, they were actually told who they should give standing ovations to.
It’s a fascinating interview on the Joe Rogan Experience. Very fair-minded. Listen for Eddie’s nice explanation of how things go bad with organizations: power creeps in and ruins everything. (That’s what I’ve been saying.)
Power? TED? Hell yes. They have room for 2,000 attendees who must apply to attend, and then pay $8,000 each upon acceptance. That’s – wait for it – 16 million!
Are you taking this too far TED? Is it like the beginning of scientology?
What do you think?