CNN Dialogues Forum on Social Media to Feature Top Trendmakers

Musician Pete Wentz, Innovators Baratunde Thurston and Randi Zuckerberg, Author Maggie Jackson, Pastor Shaun King, and CNN’s Don Lemon to Lead Dynamic Forum

CNN Dialogues, the forum for community discussion launched by CNN, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights last month will host its second event, “Living in the Age of Social Media – the Good, the Bad, and the Surprising” at The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Atlanta’s Morehouse College.  On Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:00pm ET, CNN anchor Don Lemon will facilitate a dynamic discussion that will examine how digital innovation has impacted our lives, how we conduct business, and changed concepts of identity, privacy, and community.

Social media is driving major change in politics, business, and culture – and even serving as a major agent of revolution in the Middle East, and humanitarian efforts around the world.

Also leading the forum are:

  • Maggie Jackson, journalist and author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention & the Coming Dark Age (2008);
  • Shaun King  a self-described ‘techie-humanitarian’ who is founder of Courageous Church, he is also the founder of the social media humanitarian aid site, TwitChange;
  • Baratunde Thurston, comedian, co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics (a blog targeting politically-minded African-Americans), and director of digital for The Onion (a multi-media platform for satirical news and information);
  • Pete Wentz, musician and lyricist for the rock band, Fall Out Boy, record label manager, and co-founder of the group Black Cards; and
  • Randi Zuckerberg, former head of marketing for Facebook, and co-founder / CEO for R to Z Media, a new digital venture.

This is the second of three CNN Dialogues programs in a series to be presented this calendar year.  In December, the final CNN Dialogues of 2011 will focus on the effect of greater openness on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.