Genachowski, Minow discuss “Vast Wasteland” speech

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and former FCC Chair Newt Minow met to discuss the state of the media on Monday (May 9) in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of Minow’s famous “Vast Wasteland” speech.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that Minow said that the two words he wished had been remembered from that speech were “public interest.” Genachowski said the speech is still relevant today because it is “a speech for all time,” primarily about the power of technology and communications to connect and empower people.

The event, at the National Press Club, was sponsored by George Washington University’s Global Media Institute.

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