TED Talks are known for providing important commentaries on a widespread range of issues and ideas, and people often hold them in the highest regard.
From college professors using them in their lesson plans to the people who spend thousands of dollars to attend them, TED Talks are most certainly a big deal.
That is, however, unless you ask Benjamin Bratton, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at UCSD, who used a TEDx event as an outlet to speak negatively about, well, TED Talks.
Referring to TED Talks as “placebo politics” and “middlebrow megachurch infotainment,” Bratton reasons against people looking at TED as the be-all, end-all of human discovery.
While TEDx events are independently run and pretty much anyone can talk at them, as proven by comedian Sam Hyde, this is certainly one way to stick it to the man while he’s standing right in front of you.
Do you agree with Bratton’s stance on TED Talks?