Video on the Web is mostly a giant dumping ground of horrible political ads, celebrity and noncelebrity sex romps, bad music videos, and billions of clips of adorable kids and cute pets. This is what happens when technology becomes too widely available: It magnifies bad taste and narcissism, which are already at epidemic levels. Fortunately, there are also oases of intelligent, thoughtful Web videos, notably at TED.com and FORA.tv. Each site has a large collection of speech and interview videos on topics that are both important and fascinating. TED and FORA.tv videos, which are selected for quality of presentation as well as for worth of subject, are invariably delivered with enthusiasm, wit, and passion. There is another welcome way in which TED and FORA.tv depart from the usual sludge of the web: the civility and thoughtfulness of its user comments.