Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of the Huffington Post and is “one of the most influential players shaping the national conversation on politics, the economy, the media and public policy”. Ms. Huffington could speak on a plethora of topics relating to technology, the news industry and current events. She would appeal to a wide range of students and faculty because of her work as an author, entrepreneur and top executive. Her perspective on how technology and social media are transforming the news industry would be very insightful. I think it would be interesting to get her thoughts about where she sees the traditional newspaper business going and if she feels that technology will one day make hardcopies of newspapers completely obsolete. In watching the clips of her speeches, she seems like a very dynamic speaker with strong opinions on what is going on in the world today. I found a clip from youtube where she is being questioned about a controversial commercial they ran in 2002. I have attached the clip below. After watching the clip, I think it would be very fascinating to have an open forum with her where students and faculty can ask her questions and potentially even debate about issues.
In terms of talking about technology, its potential, limits and consequences, Arianna Huffington would be a perfect person to speak. The business she created, the Huffington Post, relies heavily on technology as it is entirely web based newspaper. It would be interesting to hear about some of the challenges they face with a completely online newspaper and how technology could potentially even limit the newspaper.