Although there has been some recent backlash in the media about TED talks - the main complaint being that popularizing research belittles its importance and reduces the value of the research to its entertainment value - I think that criticism misses the point. Speaking from my own personal experience, yes, I simplified some of my courthouse analysis for the audience, but in doing so I reached a much larger audience than I would have otherwise. This phenomenon is not unique to TED - to effectively share any idea you invariably modify its delivery to most effectively communicate with your given audience. And while condensing 5 years of research into 7 minutes obviously results in the loss of detail, for me it actually clarified some themes that had been lost when I was buried in the details.
That is in itself an idea worth sharing.