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TED, Reconsidered

Ah, TED talks. They boast the veneer of prestige, the promise of innovation, and many have gone viral seemingly irrespective of the actual merit of their content. What gives?

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



And the 2013 Oscar Host Is ... Seth MacFarlane! (Video)

Seth MacFarlane, the man—not to mention the voices—behind the animated TV show “Family Guy” and the film “Ted,” will be hosting the 85th annual Academy Awards. Here’s what you can expect.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



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TED: ‘A Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism’

In the wake of a recent scandal over TED’s refusal to publish a talk about income inequality, Alex Pareene at Salon performs a neat takedown of the organization’s driving ethos. (Hint: It has to do with the “1 percent” that the Occupy movement is raging about.)

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



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TED Decides Not to Post Income Inequality Talk

TED, the sleek pioneering giant of the online video salon, boasts the tagline: “Ideas worth spreading.” But the group declined to post a talk by Seattle-based venture capitalist and Amazon.com investor Nick Hanauer, who said the middle class, not wealthy financiers like himself, were the nation’s real “job creators.”

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Richard Wilkinson and partner Kate Pickett ran the data and came to the conclusion that the national income of a country is insignificant to its social well-being when compared with income inequality. Wilkinson says, “If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


Google and Facebook Are Secretly Feeding You Information Junk Food

Former MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser (a name you may recognize from your inbox) explains how sites such as Facebook and Google are quietly creating a personalized Internet that removes content that may be challenging, uncomfortable or important.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


Etch A Sketch 2 Takes Gadget World by Storm

A new combatant entered the so-called tablet war today, and it’s already getting a big thumbs up from gadget aficionados: the Etch A Sketch 2.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


Wael Ghonim on ‘Revolution 2.0’

The Google executive who helped organize the Egyptian uprising compares the movement to Wikipedia, with many individuals contributing in their own ways.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘Social Media and the End of Gender’

In this TED talk, Johanna Blakley of USC argues that “there is an upside to having your taste monitored” online. Rather than pigeonhole you in a demographic prison, the people who make entertainment are paying more attention to what you actually like—especially if you’re a woman.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


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The Misguided Pursuit of Happiness

In this TED conference speech, Harvard super-psychologist Dan Gilbert explains why we humans are so notoriously bad at predicting what will make us happy. Fascinating stuff. Also: The TED page has a wealth of other great talks.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Stevens song

‘The Internet Must Die’

The guy behind the brilliant techno remix of Sen. Ted Stevens’ “Series of Tubes” speech has released another pro-Net Neutrality song inspired by the Alaska senator’s rantings.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


Kennedy: Alito and Roberts Misled Us

The long-serving senator from Mass. writes that the two Supreme Court justices’ voting record betrays an ultraconservative agenda that they hid from Congress during the confirmation hearings.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. Stevens Open to ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

The Alaska senator whom Jon Stewart (and much of the world) has mocked mercilessly for his infamous “series of tubes” diatribe on Internet fundamentals, says he’d consider appearing on “The Daily Show” to defend himself. Stewart has yet to extend the offer….

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Defenders of Ted ‘Series of Tubes’ Stevens: He’s Really Tech-Savvy

Sen. Ted Stevens’ near-incoherent speech before Congress last week about Internet fundamentals (“It’s a series of tubes”) quickly made him a national laughingstock. But his defenders say Stevens simply used imprecise language, and that he really knows his Net stuff. You decide:

  • Defenders speak out
  • Jon Stewart clip
  • Techno remix of Stevens’ speech

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Goes Viral

    Check out a glorious techno mash-up song of Sen. Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech last week on Internet technologies, in which the 85-year-old chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee—which is debating Net Neutrality—betrayed his woefully inadequate grasp of Net fundamentals.
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Ted Stevens
    From CNN

    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening

    As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is in charge of bills that control the future of the Internet (like Net Neutrality). So you’ll understand why we at Truthdig start crying when we read about the 85-year-old’s feeble grasp of this world-changing technology. A few Stevens quotes:

  • “An internet was sent by my staff at 10 o?clock…”
  • “What happens to your own personal internet…?”

  • Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Ted Koppel: Time for Army of U.S. Mercenaries?

    The longtime TV broadcaster, writing in the New York Times, snarkily suggests that oil companies that have the greatest interest in safeguarding a particular region should pick up the tab for hiring soldiers to defend it.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


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