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Unintended consequences
TED and I 
8th-Nov-2009 11:16 pm
With TED coming to India, all of a sudden a whole lot of people seem to know about it. I knew what TED was almost a decade ago. And I also knew why it was so elitist and aspired to be a part of it someday. Back then, the number of people I knew who knew TED was practically zero. Even 5 years ago, that number would have been less than 10. Today, all of sudden, everybody seems to know what TED.

While this is a good thing for TED (both the speakers and its newfound audience), personally I feel betrayed that something that was so elitist that I knew and most people didn't know has become a lot more commonplace. This is akin to me knowing Deepika Padukone some 2 years before her debut in Bollywood or google back in early 1999.

How do you react when you see the possibility of mass popularity of something when it is relatively obscure and then it does indeed become commonplace?
9th-Nov-2009 03:29 am (UTC) - Hmmm...
I get where you are coming from. I often feel the same way myself. When the mob get ahold of a new thing, it's kind of destroyed.
Specifically TED is about spreading good ideas around, so obscurity is a BAD thing.
Elitism is also a bad thing. Maybe there is a slightly different usage in India, but elite means snobbishly exclusive, undeservedly priveleged even, at least to US English speakers.
So it sounds really weird when you say it like its a good thing!
9th-Nov-2009 11:24 am (UTC) - Re: Hmmm...
Agree to everything you said. Nothing of what I said is good. But that is the way it is; at least as of now.
9th-Nov-2009 06:09 am (UTC)
rotfl! You are hilarious
9th-Nov-2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Get used to it. If something is good, the word is going to spread really fast and you're probably going to contribute to the spreading. Not much is going to remain 'elite' from now on.
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