Barry Diller is always entertaining. I’m not exactly sure why he’s often interviewed at these events.
He at first says that, yes, blogs matter. And then he disses the notion that people who haven’t been discovered as talent by the gatekeepers of media can really have for surely they would have been discovered. Very old Hollywood attitude.
J.D. Lassica goes after him, nicely: “It sounds more like you’re speaking as a media than an internet mogul…. Why are people peeling away from the mainstream media… and going to these smaller, ‘insignificant’ experiences?”
Diller says: “We’re talking about mass audiences.” Haven’t you heard? Mass is dead, replaced by the mass of niches. He says “there is simply not enough talent.”
Yup, he’s still Media 1.0.