The Real Reason That TED Talk Was 'Censored'? It's Shoddy And Dumb - Forbes
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The Webâs abuzz about the alleged censorship of Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauerâs March 2012 TED talk on why the rich
are soul-sucking tax cheats donât create jobs. Turns out it was not a case of censorship at all. It was just a case of the TED organizers deciding that this particular presentation was categorically mediocre, a conclusion with which I firmly concur. TED talks are initially seen only by the people who go to its two live conferences each year. The general public only gets to see the talks that TED chooses to post (one a day) on its website. It has 250+ to choose from in its video archive.
Hanauerâs talk, given on March 1 at the TED University program (a shorter-form warmup for the main stage), argues that the rich have benefited disproportionately over the last couple of decades. I wouldnât argue with that. Income disparity is at an all-time high. But Hanauer spends most of his time trying to explain why the rich donât create jobs. And thatâs just stupid. TED curator Chris Anderson went to his blog to explain why Hanauerâs talk, despite tapping into some timely and pressing issues, wasnât picked:
â¦it framed the issue in a way that was explicitly partisan. And it included a number of arguments that were unconvincing, even to those of us who supported his overall stance. The audience at TED who heard it live (and who are often accused of being overly enthusiastic about left-leaning ideas) gave it, on average, mediocre ratings.