Articles like this makes me cringe. A writer obviously jaded by TED’s exorbitant entry cost went on a rampage against TED, unknowingly becoming part of the anti-intellectual movement simply because of a perceived class divide. It sucks for TED Talks, which are basically free for all on the Internet, but still causes divide because of its exclusivity to entry (US$7500), because tons of opportunists want to rock the gate to get in and spew their individualism on stage.
Resources are getting scarce these days much?
With higher education getting more expensive and less valuable, and with consumerism and populist culture catering to spendthrift adolescents (thus growing increasing anti-adulthood and less responsible), is this the rise of an era of anti-intellectualism in the US?
History repeats (unfortunately) and it’s not uncommon we’ve seen China or Europe falls into eras of anti-intellectualism.