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BoomTown Visits 4A's "Transformation 2010″ Confab and Finds Ad Agencies Unusually Social

BoomTown hightailed it down to the Hilton in San Francisco yesterday for the 4A annual conference.

4A stands for the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and this year’s gathering is titled “Transformations 2010.”

That meant about 1,000 people from the marketing communications industry converged to hear sessions that seemed to focus almost completely on what’s causing all the transformation, with the answer mostly being: Social media and the Web.

Such as a panel by the Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington on “How Social Media Has Transformed the Social Media Landscape.” Or Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz on “Transforming Yahoo!” Or another panel simply called: “How Social Media Is Transforming Everything.”

The event goes through Wednesday.

Well, I also had to transform a little after leaving my Flip digital camera in the Mini by accident and having to do this video, below, of the event with my Apple (AAPL) iPhone video camera.

I am not sure I like it (my already loud voice is really loud), but you be the judge of the variety of interviews:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald