Colin McEnroe Show: Are Big Ideas Dead?

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Ever since Neil Gabler's essay ran in the New York times two Sundays ago, I've been wondering whether he's right when he says:

"If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it’s not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don’t care as much about ideas as they did. In effect, we are living in an increasingly post-idea world — a world in which big, thought-provoking ideas that can’t instantly be monetized are of so little intrinsic value that fewer people are generating them and fewer outlets are disseminating them, the Internet notwithstanding. Bold ideas are almost passé."
 
If we don't care, why don't we care? Gabler seems to think we're too distracted by little stuff to care about big stuff. I'm not sure I agree. The TED lectures have more than 500 million online views. And even a forum as occasionally unreliable as Wikipedia seems like a crucible for working on and disseminating Big Ideas.
 
We're bringing in our own Big Ideas people today.
 
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BIG idea

HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(Home Is where the Hart Is...) - insert little red heart for the letter a

Please tell me that many others have suggested this. Is it too simple?

Charles Hugh Smith

Another fantastic listen! Thank you Colin. When you have time, please consider the BIG (obvious) IDEAS from this man http://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug11/20-million-unemployed-8-11.html

He would be a great guest sometime. I would love to hear him go off on our status quo here in the land of 169 fiefdoms .

We need to ignore the two party oligarchy -- get to work locally -- taking care of our own "monkeysphere" is a good start - 150 be exact! http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html (WT...? my kids have over 700 FB friends -- and I haven't come across even one good idea)

We certainly do live in interestingly mediocre times...