I dunno, I stopped watching TED talks a while ago ’cause each of them had a book or were booking other speaking engagements or something, even if they didn’t mention it explicitly.
I started looking up each of them. Maybe it’s just the ones I saw, but I’d go to Amazon to test my hypothesis and in the sample I picked (which were the ones I saw), there was a book for sale related to the TED talk in some way by them.
Of course it’s not a scientific study – just a short sampling. But it left me with a PT Barnum taste in my mouth about the whole thing.
Mostly though, I think it’s because I started avoiding the “I’ve got it all figured out” people in general… probably ’cause I wanna be that guy, and I don’t want undue influence tongue emoticon