Friday, May 18, 2012

The TED Talk They Didn't Want You to See

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Nick Hanauer, a major player at Amazon, recently gave a presentation at a TED conference on wealth inequality. The general theme was that the rich, like himself, are not job-creators, but rather that jobs come from the prosperity of middle-class consumers. Taxing the rich, Hanauer said, is an excellent way to make that happen.

Much of what Hanauer said in his six-minute speech was not new information, though it was uncommon to hear it from someone that wealthy. But because of what was alleged to be a strong political bent in the speech, TED declined to post it online.

A minor online furor erupted over what was perceived by many as censorship, and the scrambling began.

"Many of the talks given at the conference or at TED-U are not released,” TED curator Chris Anderson wrote, in an email to the National Journal. “We only release one a day on and there's a backlog of amazing talks from all over the world. We do not comment publicly on reasons to release or not release [a] talk. It's unfair on the speakers concerned. But we have a general policy to avoid talks that are overtly partisan, and to avoid talks that have received mediocre audience ratings."

After a day of being berated online, the video was released to a non-official account. It is posted below.

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