Looks like Jon Udell picked up on the same comment from Barry Diller about the scarcity of talent that I mentioned in the previous post. Jon Says
Doc's not yet willing to concede, and neither am I, but it wasn't until I heard Diller's remarkable statement that I finally got to the crux of the issue. Is talent scarce or abundant? If you believe that talent is scarce, as Diller does, then it's going to have to be metered, and we're headed down the DRM path for sure. If you believe that talent is relatively abundant, as Doc and I do, then you imagine a very different future where technology favors use over control.
I don't often disagree with either of those guys, but in this case I do. Here's the news.
Once upon a time, what Barry Diller thought and said, made a difference in the media landscape. He is used to controlling access to the channel and he uses the metaphor of "talent" plus his right to define and control that talent, as the field of discourse.
But it doesn't matter what Diller, or Udell, or me, or anyone says about that any more. Either he is right or he is wrong, but the experiment will be conducted without his permission or interference. If he sticks his idea of "talent" behind a DRM wall he may, probably not, but may, be able to control access to it sufficiently to make a profit.