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Ashton Applewhite: Let’s end ageism | TED Talk |

Here’s my big disclaimer: I admit it–I’m ageist myself. But as this video that Bob Watson forwarded to me pointed out, we all are. I suppose that since I think that I am up against both sexism and ageism myself lately, I’m more keen to it. But I’m just as bad about going with some of the ageist “norms” and dishing it out as well, and I need to learn to adjust my own behavior as well.

Nonetheless, there’s some great points in this TED talk, and it’s worth taking the time to watch this. Let’s do our best to end ageism. This is something that affects all of us in some way or another, and as it gets worse in the tech field, we need to stamp it out before it gets worse.

(Thanks again, Bob, for your great insights that we can share! You are one smart guy, and I’m learning so much from you right now!)

What do you think about Ashton Applewhite’s statements? Include your comments below.



Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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