Big Fat Geek Website

My friend Karen and I were in a conference just this week and we were asked by panelists if we believe the media can educate. For us, it wasn't even a question, but a given. Why should it be? If a significant part of our formal education is reading books and receiving information from them, then aren't the media also regarded and treated the same way? Why put such distinction? Books are primarily a medium, a channel and storage of information. The media aren't called mediums collectively if they don't do the exact same thing.

I just advised a research paper for UNIV on the youth's participation in YouTube. The ideal is, of course, to use the website as an educational resource. But as a primarily commercial entity, YouTube is mainly utilized for entertainment and is therefore not maximized as an information website.

Thing is, we can forget about YouTube once we've met TED.

Technology. Entertainment. Design.

TED started in 1984 as a conference that brings together some of the most influential and brilliant minds in these fields and get them to talk. Like you know torture them to extract their secrets, like that. For more or less 20 minutes, accompanied by slide show presentations, they give the talk of their lives. Since then, TED has expanded to cover virtually all fields that include literature, health and values. And now it has a website that shares these talks to the world and licensed with Creative Commons for the extra generosity.

I discovered through my good friend Noreen who once showed me and my friends a video featuring Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity. It's one of the most interesting speeches I heard in a while and so I started paying TED a regular visit to download and watch talks of leading figures in my favorite fields: design, technology, art, the media. Only on my moments of rest, of course, and fine also sometimes of distraction. 'Cause it's such an addicting preoccupation, like you can't really get enough from these walking geniuses on the face of the earth.

If you've been reading my blog, maybe you've noticed I have a particular admiration for mega bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Okay, I haven't read any of her books or anything but I've heard some addresses she gave through YouTube and the like.

Here she gives a talk on genius and how it shouldn't be regarded as of an individual. It's too egoistic, she says, to think such immense creativity only comes from a meager self. She instead attributes it to the divine, sort of like going back to how ancient Greeks regard it to be. Old in concept, yes, but some things should really be made to last. #