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How TED got even better

One of the best websites in the world just got even better.

TED.com recently rolled out a “Best of the Web” section, designed to be a “one-stop portal to the very best talks on the Internet”.

You can view some of the early selections at the TED Talks page here. In the ‘Show by Event’ selector on the left, scroll down to the bottom to “Best of the Web”.

Martin Luther King Jr.: I Have a Dream
Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die
Michael Sandel: What is the Right Thing to Do?
Robert Sapolsky: The Uniqueness of Humans
and the famous “last lecture” of Randy Pausch.

Wisely, TED is crowdsourcing new content for the page from their intelligent and connected tribe. If you find video worthy of TED’s new page, email contact@ted.com with “Best of the Web suggestion” in the subject line, and a link to where the talk can be seen.

A smarter Clay

Check out this excellent TED @State talk from the smartest Clay I know.

The most important changes Clay highlights:

“The media that is good at creating conversation is no good at creating groups. The media that is good at creating groups is no good at creating conversation.”

“The internet is the first medium in history that has native support for groups and conversations at the same time.”

“As all media gets digitized, the internet becomes the mode of carriage for all other media.”

“Members of the former audience can now be producers instead of consumers. The same equipment lets you consume and produce.”

And my favorite quote from the entire video:

“The moment we’re living through, the moment our historical generation is living through, is the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.”

The boldness of that statement is overshadowed only by its accuracy.

Dig deeper

A picture from the G8 Summit showed what appeared to be Barack Obama checking out the backside of a young delegate.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the picture looked pretty clear.


Then the video was released and it appeared that Barack wasn’t sneaking a peek but helping the woman behind him to the stair below. Sarkozy and Berlusconi were blatantly checking out the young woman. Gotta love the French.

Still, the press made way too big a deal about the whole thing but there is an important lesson here.

You need to dig deeper. There are two sides to every story and parties often benefit from telling only one side.

In the mid 1960’s, the United States and Russia participated in a series of track World Championships as tune ups in-between summer Olympics. In one of the track meets held in Moscow, the United States dominated, beating the Russians handily across multiple events.

The headline that ran in Pravda, the national Russian paper is instructive when considering the accuracy and bias of traditional media.

“World Track & Field Championships in Moscow – Russia comes in 2nd. Americans finish second to last.”

Technically accurate, but extremely misleading. There was no mention that it was a dual meet.

The lesson?

Always dig deeper. Whoever is telling you the story has a reason to tell it a certain way.