Here is an example of what is wrong with the instant, or pre-made decisions served up for us by the big media brands.
CBS News made an eight-minute video covering the annual TED conference. The video is a slick magazine style piece showing "smart" people, "big thinkers" and a few notables coming together for a four-day event in California.
OK, I agree: TED is great, wonderful, and mind-blowing, but CBS never really tells us why it is so special. TED leader, Chris Anderson--not that Chris Anderson, the other one, generously credits CBS with taking "...the time to get under the surface of the conference and explain some of its allure."
All I get is one big whiff of allure. I am curious what you think. Wouldn't you love to know the actual impact of such gatherings on the planet (or at least on the Monterey economy)? The TED conference fee for 2006 was $4,400 a person. Times 1000 = $4,400,000.
It may be worth it, but CBS did not cover that side of the story, so how would we know?
P.S. If you click on the link in this story to watch the video, and make it to the end, watch out for the paper towel commercial that follows.