I remember reading about and watching this TED Talk on Income Inequality. It was interesting that TED Talk curator Chris Anderson chose not to post it on the official TED website, choosing only a YouTube presence. When it comes to manipulating the public there is a sort of trust we offer “institutions” that gain authority in how we view the world. Through the trust we empower them (TED for example), our perception of society is shaped. As more people join the credible authority position it does in fact shape a shared view and public opinion that becomes a socially recognized truth.
So what I ask of my readers and those interested in viewing the video… check the privilege you grant people to be authority in your views. We need to hold more revealing dialogues in society. These dialogues should allow us to encounter varying perspectives, even divergent and in opposition. When people choose to hold dialogue they gain insight through listening, response and validation.
The next time someone says “we need to hold a public forum on xyz topic” — ask them are the various perspectives available and invited to contribute equitably? Would there be a fear in opening these perspectives? You might find the group you’re in the midst of is opinionated and choose not to open perspectives fully. You might also find that an invitation to other perspectives is rebuffed as not open to truly hearing out the perspective fully.
On with the TED Talk about “job creators” that was deemed unsuitable content at TED on an election year, in 2012.
Their slogan is “ideas worth spreading.” But the folks at TED – the Technology Entertainment and Design nonprofit behind the TED Talks, beloved by geeks and others interested in novel new ideas – evidently think that some ideas are better left unspread. At least when the ideas in question challenge the conventional wisdom that rich enterpreneurs are the number one job creators.
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