Posted July 7, 2008 10:13 am by with 13 comments

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I’m often accused of being a little "Alanis Morissette" with my liberal use of the word "ironic," but does anyone else find it ironic that the "who’s who" of media moguls are holding their annual gathering this week, but the media are not allowed to attend any lecture or presentation?

Among those likely to make the trek, besides Murdoch (with son Lachlan) and Redstone, are Warren Buffett, eBay’s Meg Whitman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts co-founder Henry Kravis, Sirius’ Mel Karmazin, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Sony’s Howard Stringer, Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons, founder Jeff Bezos, Warner Music’s Edgar Bronfman Jr., Universal’s Ron Meyer, Disney’s Robert Iger and Paramount’s Brad Grey.

New media will be repped by such upstarts as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Ning founder and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen, Discovery’s David Zaslav, Sling Media’s Blake Krikorian and Google’s Sergei Brin and Eric Schmidt.

Here’s a wake-up call for those above. You can discuss media until your heart’s content, but until you figure out a way to involve the real "media moguls" namely, us that consume it, you’re simply navel-gazing.

Save me a piece of lint!

(photo credit: anyhoo)

  • I can’t read the post because the picture has made me sick to my stomach.

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  • Does anyone have any thoughts on how this all compares with web 2.0/social media gatherings? It seems from my point of view that the new wave of media creators are allot more receptive to transparent communication. Although maybe they have a reason for excluding the press…they have secrets!

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  • eeech! Really gross picture. It is somewhat ironic, but not to surprising. It’s obviously meant to be a self serving forum, and the media is not what this is about. Anytime the media is invited to a forum like this, it always seems like the inviters motives are somewhat suspect.

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  • Yikes! Nice Picture?

    As for the story, it is quit interesting that only ning and facebook, basically, are going to rep the new media. I guess it’s not really a meeting to discuss revolutionary changes to media… is it?

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  • Makes one wonder what these moguls discuss behind closed doors…transparency is needed, and the input of the users of their respective services should be valued more.

  • I don’t like that picture either…Why does the conference name navel-gazing ?

  • Why should the media be present at any conference? If this conference is for internal talks and internal know-how it is obvious that they want to be alone.

  • @tiffany – I made up the name. Google “navel gazing.”

  • nasty picture.

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  • Own up Andy that’s a self-portrait isn’t it 😉

    R.E. the conference – whoever’s waiting tables at that shindig could be in for fat tip given the respective bank balances of the attendees.

  • Why didn’t those nasty moguls want us to see those fancy strippers jump out of that cake?

  • @MB and newyorkdude – you guys are making it sound more fun that I believe it will actually be.

    And, no, not my belly. 😉

  • Nasty picture. Why did you put it ? 🙂