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On June 8th I attended Mashable
and CNN's conference about the intersection of digital media, news,
and entertainment. Among other notable presentations was CNN's medical
correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptap's (renowned neurosurgeon) interview of
Mashable's founder Pete Cashmore and CNN.com's general manager KC Estenson. You
can watch the video of interview about the how CNN collects
citizen journalist news from Social Media in addition to its world-wide news
professionals, and the merger of Social Media with 24/7 TV. Another fascinating
presentation about the "Science of Social Media" was given by Duncan
Watts (Yahoo!'s Principal Research Scientist). Clearly the merger of Social
Media, TV, and news has happened, but predicting the future is the next
Former eBay and HP's CEOs Win
Also on June 8th Meg Whitman (former
eBay CEO) and Carly Fiorina (former HP CEO) won primary elections for the
fall's election for California governor and US Senator. Of course
having high-tech leaders in the US Congress is not entirely new since New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg founded ADP (the payroll
processing giant) and was first elected in 1982. But with the advent and growth
to Social Media these primary wins are not a surprise.
OpenSecrets.org reported that individuals and
political action committees in high-tech businesses increased their donations
"43% between election cycles in the last decade" to $41.4 million in 2008. Last
year Google increased its lobby expenditures to $4 million. One can only expect
more Social Media leaders to pursue elected offices since clearly President
Obama proved that Social Media is the most powerful communications tool
available today. Be assured that Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and other major
Internet and IT companies are involved in future of politics!