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I think you hit the nail on the head with your original post as well as your response to the comments of the individuals with dissenting opinions. The truth is that the Social Web has been evolving for decades now, and there is value in having someone with depth and breadth of experience with not only Social Media, but Marketing, Communications, and PR as well.
I know some folks under 30 who have some relevant experience accross the board, just as I know some individuals who are over 40 who I wouldn't hire. I think Sloane was fishing for work, or is simply venting from some recent rejection. Although that is just speculation on my part. Thanks for the post. I think you echo the sentiment that is pervasive across the industry today a number of organization rushed to hire 20 something hipsters a few years ago when they thought "New Media" was actually new, when in actuality it's simply version 8.8.