Hello all, I have spent the last three hours trying to figure out a reason that Dr. Wahls Tedx Iowa city talk, “Minding your Mitochondria” would have this disclaimer on it from Ted:
“This talk, which features health advice based on a personal narrative, has been flagged as potentially outside TED’s curatorial guidelines. Viewer discretion advised.”
This is what I did to find the answer to the reason for the disclaimer:
- I read their curatorial guidelines, all of them and could find nothing about her talk that was outside their guidelines. Now keep in mind this is where human error can be wrong, I’m no expert on anything, I could be inaccurately reading that information. Therefore, I always suggest that anyone read and research for themselves.
- I thought maybe the Tedxiowacity was the problem, maybe all of their talks are flagged. So, I went to their website, but found that the site was only for that one event, November 11, 2011. No answers here.
- I looked into the Ted sites, there are many, I only looked at the main Ted website and the Tedmed website. I really didn’t find anything helpful here except this, I was curious to see the partners for Tedmed, I found three of their partners are large pharmaceutical companies. Does this have anything to do with the disclaimer? I don’t know. But, it does make me trust them less.
- I looked up what is the difference between a Ted talk and a Tedx talk. Tedx means that it is was filmed at an independent Tedx event.
- Next, I examine the disclaimers: reading the disclaimer that is splashed across the screen in “evil” blood read, it says: “This talk, which was filmed at an independent Tedx event, falls outside Teds curatorial guidelines, see more below.” and then the more below is as stated above: “This talk, which features health advice based on a personal narrative, has been flagged as potentially outside TED’s curatorial guidelines. Viewer discretion advised.”
I like words, actually I love words and I especially love the art of persuasion, in examining these disclaimers, this is what I glean from them.
- “This talk” denotes that the problem they are identifying is the talk itself, not who organized it.
- “…falls outside Teds curatorial guidelines”, as the disclaimer later states, however, they neglect to say how it falls outside Teds curatorial guidelines.
- “See more below.” I thought, ah, here is where it will tell me how it falls outside the guidelines. But no, rather it says, cryptically,
- “has been flagged as potentially outside TED’s curatorial guidelines.” Why did I say “cryptically”, well lets look at the definition of the word “potentially”:
1.possibly but not yet actually:potentially useful information. from Dictionary.comStill nothing definitive
- “Viewer discretion advised.” Under this last ominous warning, I followed the link to TED’s curatorial guidelines and read everything as stated above. Nothing is there that I could see.
All this leaves me with these questions, “Are they trying to discredit Dr. Wahls talk?” and “Why would they do that without a definite stated reason?” The next question that comes to my mind is, “Is their an immoral reason for discrediting her talk?” and “What might that reason be?”
Most of us in our busy, busy lives will not or cannot take the time to truly explore information. At a glance, the disclaimer looks bad and if you don’t know anything about Dr. Wahls work, you might not bother watching, the blood red warning, the viewer discretion, the “potentially” outside our curatorial guidelines and finally, the following talk title, “Debunking the Paleo Diet.” Which sounds like it is directed at Dr. Wahls talk, which it isn’t, but you wouldn’t know that unless you watch both talks. Then, when you get into the most recent comments, you have this guy butting everything: LudwigVanYesBut is his name. “LudwigVanYesBut”, good one.
Oh well, such is life, research everything for yourself, take nothing at face value, check and double check information. I don’t have a definite answer to this, except this, they don’t have a reason. Put up a reasonable reason or take down the disclaimers.
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