A Conversation Exploring the State of Civil Discourse in America
What will political discourse under the next administration look like? In the days following the election, join Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Chris Hughes, Huffington Post Media Group President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, and entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel for a look at how emerging technologies -- social networks, the advent of the "real-time web," and mobile access -- have changed our information and media landscape and how they may impact our political discourse in the next administration.
Huffington Post Media Group President and Editor-in-Chief
Entrepreneur and Investor
Moderated by Chris Hughes
New Republic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist, author of eleven books and co-founder and editor of the HuffingtonPost.com. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program.
Her weekly commentary is syndicated in newspapers across the country by Tribune Media Services. Huffington's many books include On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America, and Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America.
As editor-in-chief and publisher of The New Republic, a renowned American magazine of politics and culture, Chris Hughes is a leading voice on the future of media. A founder of social media startups including Facebook and My.BarackObama.com, Hughes may seem an unlikely champion of print magazines, but as a respected digital innovator he is well-positioned to both defend and revolutionize traditional journalism.
In the face of increasingly urgent predictions of print media’s demise, Hughes argues that social networking and the capabilities of the Internet can help develop high-quality journalism and make it more accessible than ever before. An ardent believer in the social role of journalism in society, Hughes purchased The New Republic in March 2012 to preserve the magazine’s tradition of critical thinking and nuanced long-form analysis. Since taking the helm, he has initiated plans to help the nearly century-old institution take full advantage of the digital age, including a full redesign of the print publication and website. Under Hughes’ direction, The New Republic has become a trailblazer in the effort to redefine the news industry.
Hughes began his career as a developer and entrepreneur of new media in 2004, when he cofounded Facebook with his Harvard roommates and served first as the site’s spokesperson, then as a leader of its product and user experience team. In 2007, he became director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, where his success generating grassroots support revolutionized the use of the Web as a political tool. Hughes helped Obama raise more than $500 million online from over two million donations.
American entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, and venture capitalist. With Max Levchin, Thiel co-founded PayPal and was its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital Management LLC, a global macro hedge fund with more than $6 billion under management, and a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275 million under management venture capital fund he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. He was an early investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, and sits on the company's Board of Directors.