Today Carrie Sheffield sits down with Al Sikes the former Federal Communications Commission Chairman under George H W. Bush. Al joins Salon Talks today at 12p.m. ET. Watch and join the conversation; Carrie will be taking your comments and questions live during the interview.
Al joins Carrie to discuss Trump, why he voted for Evan McMullin and his new book Culture Leads, Leaders Follow, which covers how the the culture of Washington and New York has changed over the years – and what that means for society.
Al has always had a talent for taking a long-term perspective on culture and society. In 1991, he basically predicted today’s technology and its uses.
As the New York Times wrote in 1991:
“As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, [Sikes] sees a world in which people could use satellites and high-speed fiber-optic communication lines to take college courses at home, have television sets double as multimedia computer work stations, use communication networks to transmit the contents of an entire library in seconds and track down a person anywhere on the globe to deliver the data.”
This was an uncommon foresight for someone in the early ’90s. Technology predictions were rarely this practical or this accurate (ahem, looking at you, The Net).
Al says his career “placed [him] in the center of a range of disruptive and quite productive technologies.”
His time as FCC Chairman included face-offs with Howard Stern and gave him the perfect vantage point to observe the evolution of media.
Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Al? Let us know in the comments! Watch here or on Salon’s Facebook page or Bold’s Facebook page at 12p.m. ET.