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Well said. Meanwhile hard work and the success that comes with it used to be the American dream, now successful authors, musicians, entrepreneurs, scientists have to defend their willingness to pay $6,000 to collaborate with fellow intellectuals to make our world a better place? How is this a bad thing? Shining a light on new ideas is something we need more of. Joe elitist can just as easily spend $6,000 for a super bowl ticket and that helps who??

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Thanks for your thoughts with this. This was my first TED, but I found it an extremely open and invitational community. I think that it's development is actually a pretty amazing example of controlled openness, in the sense that while it has gradually opened, it has done it in a way that has preserved and expanded the quality of the content, audience, and brand. The TED talks were the first step in that, and I think TEDx is taking it to a whole new level.

If you liken it to the web world, it reminds me of the (somewhat shrill, I think) debate between Android's openness and Apple's approach to mobile OS. Apple is obviously much more controlled and closed. The upside of that is high quality, stable applications and a user interface that sings. The downside is the freedom of types of application, customizability, etc. Android on the other hand is the wild west. Who knows what you're going to get when you download an app. At the same time, it's a pretty rich environment for developers because of that openness.

While it's been viewed as an either/or, it seems to me that there has to be some process of working both ends towards the middle. Android has to bring some better coherence to the process, or else they'll use mainstream consumers who don't want to wade through confusion. Even more interesting to me is the pressure I think Android will put on Apple to slowly go more open. It seems like a slightly weird analogy, but TED's ability to open in the right ways at the right time while preserving the things that made it great before openness aren't a bad place to look for inspiration.

Great to meet you at TED and keep up the great writing

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Hey David,

Thank you for the thoughtful piece. I've never been to TED myself, but I have enjoyed and benefited from the talks posted online for years now. It seems irrational to argue that TED is elitist when all that content is free and readily available to everyone with a computer and internet connection.

It's also impressive to me how quickly Chris Andersen has turned TED into a badge of honor for not only intellectuals, but also people working hard to make positive change in the world.

I'm enjoying reading your blog as part of my work as community manager, social web, Stanford Alumni Association.

Best regards,
MeiMei Fox
Stanford BA '94, MA '95

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