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Beyond the Vast Social-Media Wasteland

There is no shortage of ideas for tackling the ills of social media. What is missing are political leaders who can forge these ideas into a coherent vision and strategic plan, as Newton Minow, the chair of the US Federal Communications Commission, did with television in the early 1960s.

LONDON – On May 9, 1961, then-Chair of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Newton Minow delivered a transformative speech to the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC. Now known as the “Vast Wasteland” speech, it offered a public-minded vision for a fledgling sector – television broadcasting – that was quickly reshaping society. A similar vision should be applied to social-media platforms today.