I was down in LA late last week for the Economics of Social Media Conference that was put on by the folks at Paid Content. It was well put together event that was worth the trip. Here are reviews of each panel. A few take-aways:
--A good portion of the panel speakers were LA based and worked for content companies or start-up offspring. Since they're not in the Silicon Valley blog, media and event swirl, it's remarkable how little they are known 500 miles to the north (not including Carson Daly). The LA/SF divide continues.
--Nearly everywhere I turned, I recognized folks from similar conferences in the circa 1998-2001 tech-entertainment conferences. Except now they had a little bit more paunch and a sense of well-placed cynicism mixed with cautious enthusiasm.
--But, my biggest take-away was the fact that in a full-day of chatter about social media, the only policy related conversation was a bit of back and forth with Google's lead content industry liaison. No mention of the many laws seeking to impinge social networking sites. No talk about new copyright rules. No chatter about social regulation of video. This is not a criticism. Just an observation. It shows that the lure of deals still overwhelms consideration of rules that might impact business models in the future.