I gave this presentation at CTAM Canada's annual gathering at Corus HQ in Toronto on June 20th. I think it's safe to say that it was a bit...um...controversial.
In order to prepare for this talk, I poured over mutiple reports and studies about the state of the Canadian Media and Entertainment industry. These reports included a lot of hand-wringing over online and American VOD services (Neflix, etc), but really discounted "User-Uploaded Video" (or "User-Generated Content") as largely irrelevant (except for the CRTC, who seems to want to regulate and tax creators).
So...that's what I focused on in here: UGC, including Creators (and online influencers), remix/mashup culture, stans/super fans, and social media content in general.
Three points where I think the audience winced:
1. with the enormous growth in available content, we are seeing a huge appetite for diverse stories - we don't need any more content aimed at white people.
2. the biggest competitors for attention are your own audience, who are no longer "consumers"...they are creators. And there are many of them and growing.
3. stop worrying about people stealing your content. Content isn't where the value lies. Attention is where the value lies. You should be encouraging them to steal! It's free marketing!
I guess I can understand why my message was a little controversial, but I want to help, not hurt.