TED has always provided an alternate view of the reflection the United States sees in the mirror when watching main stream media. Instead of the constant lunatic, doomsday rantings of a Glenn Beck*, the police blotter that CNN has become, the McNews of USAToday, and the general anesthetic quality of most TV programs, the smart and insightful people who present at TED provoke deep thought, reflection, humor and possibility. Too smart for the average American? I would disagree.
In this 8 minute, December 2010 presentation, Amber Case says we are all cyborgs now. She’s clever.
* “Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the ‘Restoring Honor‘ rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. … the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.” Source: NYTimes