The New Scientist were blogging about the implications of science ideas from TED, here. You can watch loads of the talks for yourself on the Ted website, and hook yourself up to their back catalogue of tweets from the conference, with teasers and links to talks.
This isn't the first time I'd heard of TED, though. Like the hundreds of thousands who watch TED lectures online, I discovered TED through Googling Eve Ensler. You can see her 2007 talk, which I love, below.
When Anderson, the curator of TED Oxford and founder of Future Publishing says,
I think the way forward has to be with the editors of the mainstream media. They hold so much power. I'm sure it's a very fine balancing act between giving the masses what they want, commercial success, and gently, seamlessly guiding them about what is important to know and may directly impact their lives.
The best we can probably do as consumers is to use economic forces to vote for the best writing and editing - the outlets with the most investigative journalism and effective and honourable campaigns - ie whatever you buy you are creating a demand for.
I suppose we could also inundate readers editors with letters to rival the lobbies, but probably not without suggesting what we want covered in more depth, and how.
Ok, off to watch some more TED talks now!