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, Amazon.com 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)