TED Talks

TED-TalksTed talks are a way of learning about innovative ideas that the pioneers in a field are discussing.

Ted Talks are a smart way to talk about the media and the way we all communicate. There is a playlist on Ted.com called our digital lives. This playlist talks about people and how they are more focused on the things we put up online rather than the social interaction we should have as people. The TED talk I’ve chosen is about blogs, online media and people given a voice without getting paid. The internet we are on, and the internet we have become attached to is making us decentralised. As a journalism student i know that this is true, many journalists work as freelancers. This means, they are not getting paid to report, blog or even tweet news. James Surowiecki being a freelance journalist himself knows that social media is an essential part for online journalism but can also be a massive disadvantage as there is a higher chance of fake stories.

One of the best parts of the talk, and the part that i connected with the most was the quote below:

One of the fundamental characteristics of a network is that, once you are linked in the network, the network starts to shape your views and starts to shape your interactions with everybody else.

In a networking society, there is a lack of individualism. When everybody is going one way, we as humans are inclined to do the same.



  1. Previously I had watched a couple of Ted Talks but I had never looked at the ‘Our Digital Lives’ playlist, it looks like a great source for students! I think your choice of playlist is very relevant to us as media students as the rise of more interactive media via reliable handheld technology has changed all of our courses significantly. I look forward to watching the rest of this playlist!


  2. I had previously heard of Ted Talks, but never really thought of using them for university assessments. Probably because the ones I watched weren’t covering serious issues..However, your chosen playlist indeed might be helpful for us, media students, delivering ideas we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves or explaining some issues or topics. Also, I believe, students might find this more engaging than leafing through books at library. Look forward to using your source; thanks for sharing!


  3. I hadn’t previously heard of TED Talks but it certainly sounds like an interesting way to learn and aid University work. I particularly like the quote you picked out from the talk, as I feel it is really significant in the way technology is holding power over us today. The way it describes, “the network starts to shape your views” reflects the influence of social media today and we must all be aware of this, if we are going to have any kind of control over our lives and avoid being misled.

    In the same way I found podcasts worked really well as a resource, I find so does TED Talks. Watching someone talk is a much more engaging way to learn, it captures your attention because you can hear someone’s voice and see their expression and what’s more, the live audience with their occasional laughter makes you feel more involved in the talk.


  4. What you wrote about is completely relevant to the module’s purpose and this week’s topic. What is more, TED Talks is an interesting and unusual way to learn. I am not quite sure if we can use information extracted from the show in academic works, though.


  5. I can also highly recommend this as it is a great resource you have mentioned here. I have found the TED talks to be very interesting and fitting to what type of career path you’d like to take due to the vast amount of talks out there from all fields of industries and personal experiences. Prior to this, I have watched film maker Casey Neistat on his talk and it was very intriguing for my career choice. The playlist you have linked is packed with information for students looking for a career in media.


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