Good ideas are worth spreading. That is why I would like to start TED Tuesday's, a weekly blog discussion of videos from TED. TED is a conference that that was started in 1984 that brought people together from three different worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The various videos posted on the site of different lectures have been so inspiring that I thought it would be great for us to discuss and learn from them and from one another.
About this talk: Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
Video Length: 19:52
My thoughts: What a remarkably optimistic look at the internet where people work in unison. I know there are points that can be shown to disprove this statement. Hell, I have encountered this directly...sort of. I have heard about groups of people who, for instance, are not fans of the show and so choose to act out, not in kindness, but through malevolence. Creating photos, writing articles, lying about who my group, and me as a person really are. Personally I don't care. Because I know one thing; they can spend as much time as they want on spreading filth. But at the end of the day, when we look back at our lives, I know I will be happy with mine.
I know that if I choose to retaliate to every little comment made about me, I would be taking away from doing what makes me happy.
I have always been a fan with Random Acts of Kindness. Its kind of where the idea for "Do Something Positive" came about. Even the movie, Pay it Forward, although had a cheesy romance to it, had a great concept. Because when we choose to work together, the world can be a better place, and the internet can be a great tool to create that world.
So, we have a week. A week to talk, discuss and share this concept with one another. What can we do? Today I will take some time to think about something that I can do that can go along with the theme of this video. Be the bee.