That Hollywood-turned-Internet mogul Barry Diller disses user-generated content and thinks only professionals turn out the really good stuff able to attract big audiences. As usual, the arrogant SOB is very wordy, so I’ll clean up his quotes in a Financial Times Q-and-A. “Both have value. I’ve been banged around a lot because I have kept saying that, as it relates to making things that will resonate with very large audiences, I don’t think very much of UGC. Except for the occasional spike, where you get something that comes out of the North Star and captures people’s imagination, the truth is there isn’t that much talent to go around. Watching cats fry grandmother’s dog, or whatever, is nice and will attract some people. And there’ll be a very occasional piece of genius. I’m not damning content by ordinary folk. I’m just saying, if you want to reach large audiences, then rely on professionals, meaning people who are in the industry and are trained for it, rather than just idiot savants. If you have your little photos of your really darling tiny children, they’re interesting to you and your family and a few others, but not that interesting to that many people. Things that resonate widely — that make successful television shows, successful movies and like that — will be done by people who are really good at it.”
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