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Arianna Huffington

The Greek-born socialite has shaken up American political media with her website the Huffington Post. But by revolutionising news, might she also be in danger of destroying it?

By Andrew Keen   August 2008

The modish idea that social and political life is now driven by the “network” has been given an intriguing new twist by a couple of contemporary Levantines—Turkish Sufi cleric Fethullah Gülen and the Greek impresario Arianna Huffington (née Stassinopoulos), editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post (HuffPost) website. Gülen was last month crowned Prospect’s top global public intellectual thanks to an online mobilisation of his followers. Huffington, meanwhile, is using her personal network not only to transform online publishing but also to redefine public intellectual life in a digital age.

Born in Athens in 1950, Huffington arrived at Cambridge University in the…

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