Why was it outlawed? The TED curator, Chris Anderson, thought the lecture was too politically charged. The TED audience that heard it live (and who are sometimes accused of being unduly excited about left-leaning ideas) gave it middling marks on average. But since then, it has become a classic speech.
Would you ban Elvis Presley from speaking at your conference? Probably not. But think about it: There are lots of topics people want to talk about that would probably get too emotional or controversial if they were given a platform in a public setting. That's why we have clubs and forums and special events: so people can express themselves in a safe environment.
People have been giving speeches at TED conferences for over 10 years now. And while some of them are great, others...not so much. The reason some talks fail to deliver as expected is because they're bad talks, not because they've been banned.
I hope this post will help you understand the role that bans play in the history of art and science. Banned things happen all the time in both fields. Sometimes artists are banned from showing their work for many years after their death. Scientists are sometimes banned for creating weapons or doing research for countries with which other scientists disagree.
Graham Linehan, the creator of "Father Ted" and "The IT Crowd," has been permanently banned from Twitter. Graham Linehan, the creator of sitcoms such as Father Ted, The IT Crowd, and Black Books, has been banned from Twitter indefinitely.
The social network confirmed the ban in a statement to BuzzFeed News. It said: "We have strict rules against abusive behavior on Twitter, and when we receive reports of violations, we take action."
Linehan had tweeted earlier this month that he was leaving Twitter because "nobody cares what I say anymore". However, it appears the ban is related to another incident reported by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. On August 23rd, actress Brenda Fricker complained on Twitter that an episode of Father Ted was being re-aired without her consent. Although this wasn't revealed in their initial conversation, Fricker told BuzzFeed News that she felt offended by some comments made about priests in the show. She also claimed that Father Ted has been banned from multiple venues including Australia where it is broadcast.
A TED talk's material cannot be cited (or even trusted) in the same way that a peer-reviewed journal's content can. That is not something TED does. There is no fact-checking, AFAIK, other than what the speaker does or organizes. They also have an "Open Policy" which means anyone can submit a proposal for a topic to be discussed at a given time.
However, this does not mean that anything goes. The people writing blog posts about talks they've seen live or online will often include comments along the lines of "I could have said this so much better", "not sure why he/she was chosen to speak", or simply "wrong". These are all common reactions from attendees who feel that the selected speaker did not deliver as promised or inspire much enthusiasm in the crowd.
TED maintains very close ties with its speakers and guests. As such, there is a strong chance that whoever is speaking at any given time has either been invited by TED itself or contacted separately by the organization. In addition, many speakers give permission for their speeches to be posted online after the event, usually with some kind of attribution.
There have been cases where speakers have taken issue with elements of their presentations being used without permission. For example, Indian scientist Dr Siva Vaidyanathan had a video of his TED Talk removed from YouTube after he complained about it being used without authorization.
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TED presentations are motivating, instructive, and entertaining, as well as very addicting. "It [18 minutes] is long enough to be serious and short enough to retain people's attention," TED curator Chris Anderson remarked. It turns out that this length works quite well online as well. Before you can watch another moment of TED content, it will disappear from the website.
In addition to being interesting and informative, TED Talks allow speakers to share their stories with an audience. This interactive feature allows presenters to connect with their viewers by answering questions, providing resources, and more. These conversations have led to some amazing collaborations between speakers who might not have met otherwise.
Speakers also have the opportunity to invite others to join them on stage via the "call to action" button at the end of their talk. These invitations are known as "succinctly stated insights" or "crowd-sourced ideas." Speakers hope that these moments will help spread awareness about important issues such as humanitarianism, sustainability, equality, etc.
Finally, the length of each presentation allows speakers to include specific details and examples without going too in-depth. Some topics simply aren't able to be covered in a shorter time frame.