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Ashton Kutcher on Twitter, bypassing the media, and Mischa Barton

July 24, 2009 | 12:20 pm

Actor and producer Ashton Kutcher was the eye candy at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Tech conference in Pasadena, but he also showed a keen grasp of social networking and provided some insights in his desire to get more followers than CNN on Twitter.

"If one individual could have as much influence on a social network as a media conglomerate, I thought that was pretty profound," Kutcher said. "Consumers of media are becoming the creators and editors of media," he added.

Kutcher, who has also built a successful TV production company, Katalyst Media, said he wants to "successfully syndicate content on a social media platform so we will have a leg up when the convergence actually takes place."

As for the role Twitter plays in allowing the actor, whose with wife Demi Moore is a favorite of the tabloids, to bypass the media, Kutcher said, "I don't have to rely on People magazine or Us Weekly, who are going to twist what I'm doing."

Having said that, he provided an update on actress Mischa Barton, who is in Katalyst's "The Beautiful Life" on the CW and who was recently hospitalized. "I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great -- I can give that to my audience straight and have a direct conversation without the filter."

-- Joe Flint

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