Originally Posted by EMY
What exactly is TED? We have TEDx Columbia in a week and I'm not sure what it is.
TED are lectures by smart people which are broadcast online. They appeal to people who, rather than read a book, prefer to listen to a lecture and then, without the knowledge acquired by reading a full book, act like experts on subject to which they've basically committed a grand total of 45 minutes.
I am only being facetious because of the number of facebook friends of mine (who I know are completely thick) who post links to TED lectures to either (a) appear intelligent, or (b) are so excited by the fact that they've acquired rudimentary knowledge on an obscure subject that they feel they must share the information with their friends.