To The Consumer Content Is Content (Homemade Or Otherwise) covered a wide-ranging discussion on tech trends at the Milken Institute’s Ninth Annual Global Conference, held this week in Los Angeles.

While consumers’ desire for home-grown content and social networking has grown with the rise of sites like and, so has their demand for branded content.
“What’s both exciting and frightening is the pent-up demand for video products,” News Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin said. “We did a survey and more than 90 percent of (users’) favorite material on (video sharing site) is copyrighted material (from studios).”

We reported earlier on Mark Cuban’s belief that “our telecommunications infrastructure is woefully unprepared for widespread delivery of advanced services, especially video, over the Internet.” So, if you believe Cuban, coming up with interesting content is not the problem. Coming up with a broadband infrastructure to meet the demand for such content is.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.