<videovortex> THE WEB: 2012 - The amateur and professional

Seth Keen seth.keen at rmit.edu.au
Tue Aug 7 08:53:28 CEST 2007


On 27/06/2007, at 7:48 PM, Vera Tollmann wrote:

> http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/conference/2007/web2012
>
>  A panel on the future of commerce, journalism, and community on  
> the Internet, featuring Barry Diller, Arianna Huffington, and Craig  
> Newmark. Moderated by Ken Auletta. From “2012: Stories from the  
> Near Future,” the 2007 New Yorker Conference.

In a closer look at this webcast it was interesting to see the  
differing perspectives of Barry Diller (fox/e-commerce) and Craig  
Newmark (social media/Craigslist). Diller argues that professional  
media practitioners will in the future be taking up a more  
significant role in the user-generated domain. A viewpoint that has  
some connections with Andrew Keen's recent book 'The Cult of the  
Amateur: How today's Internet is killing our culture'.

Panel Discussion:
Ken Auletta: ...will user-generated content (like YouTube..) be as  
popular as produced content?

Barry Diller: "...the talent pool is finite there are only so many  
people that make programming that will resonate with a lot of  
people...these are very early days in video...as it evolves people  
who are trained and professional at it will get in the mix..."

In contrast Newmark envisions a extended use of social media as a  
means to provide a varied mix of viewpoints from all types of people.

"...I do see people who we would consider to be amateurs actually  
doing the heavy lifting in media and quality in media today..."

Arianna Huffington (news/The Huffington Post) sees a hybrid mix of  
the two types of content producers with citizen journalism playing a  
major role.

Arianna Huffington:
"...not just reporters but the wisdom of the crowd mechanism...users  
put together pieces...a hybrid future [mixing both print and online]"

Perhaps the hybrid approach is slightly more realistic in relation to  
user-generated content where these two types of content producers  
will develop separately and the distinguishing line will blur even  
more between the two. What is obvious is the nervousness of the  
traditional broadcasters who are working hard on ways to tap the user- 
generated pool.

Other links at - http://www.sethkeen.net/blog/2007/08/04/2012-vision- 
of-the-internet/







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