[FoRK] Instinctive distrust, Santorumians' absolute contempt

Aaron Burt aaron at bavariati.org
Mon Mar 5 12:10:22 PST 2012


On Sun, Mar 04, 2012 at 02:25:16PM -0800, Stephen Williams wrote:
> http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/02/ted-conferences-drag-down-intellectuals-glorify-smart-style-people.html
> Somewhat of a weak article, but a few good points:

I am clearly missing those points.

I'll admit that the crack about "Kosher-style food" was a cute way to
complain about the fact that you can't transmit the entire essence of years
of specialist intellectual work in a 20-minute general-audience lecture.

In his main point, the writer seems to say that, by presenting intellectual
ideas in the most democratic[sic] fashion possible (i.e. in free, bite-size
visual lectures by interesting, well-spoken and attractive people) TED is
making intellectualism attractive and familiar, thereby somehow provoking
the anti-intellectuals to greater heights of fervor.
Not buying it.

He also seems to completely miss the current Science Pub movement, as well
as TED's historical roots in the Chautauqua movement.

Haters gotta hate,
  Aaron


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