I have long been a fan of TED Talks. They have inspired me to laugh out loud, to weep at the grand beauty of the cosmos, and to scratch my head and ponder deep assumptions that I once held dear. And so it is with grave concern that I write this post about the largely unnoticed threat to this invaluable cultural asset. TED is in danger and they don’t seem to know it.
The threat I speak of is memetic in nature. A set of hostile stories have been unleashed into the minds of the populace to fester, reproduce and spread with great efficacy. A set of memes have been created — initially as a form of retaliation, then for the shallow sake of self-promotion by the antagonists, and now the memes are taking on a life of their own.