He already beat CNN to one million Twitter followers – and now Ashton Kutcher is taking a victory lap, boasting about his achievement on The Oprah Winfrey Show Friday. Appearing via Webcam from his Los Angeles office, Kutcher extolled the power of social media as Oprah Winfrey spent the episode familiarizing herself with Twitter.
“In some ways this is kind of a commentary on the state of media,” Kutcher, 31, said. “I believe we are at a place now with social media where one person’s voice can be as powerful as a news network – an entire media network.”
“That is the power of the social Web,” he said, describing the experience as an “an uprising of the Internet.” Said Kutcher: “Through your own stream [you] can have a voice that’s as loud as a media network.”
Another perk for the actor: He can talk directly to fans without mediation from the media.
“My life is somewhat on display anyway,” he said, “and always not by choice. So instead … I can publish pictures and videos of myself that have already been pre-approved and that I’m happy with.”
As for his promise to ding-dong-ditch Ted Turner’s house – well, Kutcher isn’t standing down. He told Winfrey he plans to “sort it out” when he’s in Atlanta in a week to film Five Killers.
Ted Turner’s Charitable Response
After the Winfrey broadcast, Ted Turner chimed in, offering both thanks and a challenge for Kutcher.
“I salute both Ashton Kutcher and CNN for causing a buzz about malaria, a leading killer of children and refugees in Africa,” said the CNN founder, who is also the UN Foundation Chairman. “Now, I challenge them to get those Twitter followers to double their pledge by joining Nothing But Nets. How does 100,000 people sound?”
The United Nations Foundation created the Nothing But Nets campaign to offer individuals – from 5-year olds, to CEOS, to professional athletes – the opportunity to send a net and save a life.
Added Turner: “World Malaria Day – April 25 – is right around the corner. There’s no better time to join us in sending nets and saving lives. Visit Nothing But Nets to send a net and save a life.”
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