TED Conferences: Night School for the Self-Satisfied Rich

Manolo says, the Manolo recently learned that the tickets for the TED Conferences–which produce the YouTubes of the obscure middle-brow “thinkers” and pop-media savants flattering the ricos–cost $7,500 per person!

Thus, upon learning this, the Manolo put together this Venn diagram of the average TED Conference attendee…

Venn Diagram for the Average TED Conference Attendee

The intersection of wealth, self-satisfaction and inanity.

7 Responses to “TED Conferences: Night School for the Self-Satisfied Rich”

  1. marvel July 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Oh, Manolo, some of the TED talks are quite enjoyable. By “some” I mean Mike Rowe’s talk on dirty jobs and the current underappreciation of the value of challenging manual labor. And there was one jazz artist whose performance I enjoyed. They’re not _all_ smug navel-gazing pop psychology claptrap.

    • Manolo the Shoeblogger July 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      The Manolo does not disagree that some of the TED talks are worthy of watching, indeed, his friend Virginia Postrel gave the TED talk on the subject of glamour that was fun. However, the self-congratulatory atmosphere that surrounds the entire enterprise weighs on the Manolo, and deserves to be punctured with the bit of satire.

      • marvel July 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

        Fair enough. I do like the Venn diagram.

  2. Dana July 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I think you’re right. It makes no sense to pay that kind of money for what is supposed to be an intellectual endeavor, much of which will eventually be shown nearly free on Netflix. I’m shocked at the cost, considering most people can see much higher quality lectures at any major university for free.

    With the arts, the price of a live performance is usually worth the premium- but this? It has to be just for the sole purpose of psuedo-intellectual bragging rights. TED talks are fun, but they’re entertainment. It’s not like someone is going to cite them in a paper. I hope.

    • Anna July 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      I think it’s a networking fee for the venture capitalists and BMW owners. I imagine there’s definitely some self-congratulatory handshaking.

      • Dana July 10, 2012 at 2:08 am #

        The small- time venture capitalists I know would laugh at the idea of spending $7,500 for a TED conference because they: 1) know the value of money and 2). don’t have time for doing anything that doesn’t make them happy or make them money. I could picture them blowing $7,500 going fly-fishing, but I can’t see them at a TED conference.

        Plus, have you ever seen the audience at a TED lectures? When the camera pans across the room, it looks like a bunch of nerds to me- not that being nerdy is incompatible with being a venture capitalist, but you’d think they’d have the money to dress better than that!

  3. José August 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    It pains the José so much to point out that the name of the superfantastic jpeg of the TED Venn diagram, the jpeg which the José loves with passion unbridled, is misspelled. Two “t”s in attendees. Aiiiy! average_TED_atendee.jpg

    I do love the picture, and I agree completely about the insufferability of the TEDs.