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Is Barry Diller Getting Tired? - OnMedea

Is Barry Diller Getting Tired?

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barry_diller_3.jpgFrom where I sit at my breakfast nook in La Canada, California, 3,000 miles from IAC's headquarters in New York, Barry Diller seems to be getting tired of it all. 

Yesterday, when I listened to IAC's earnings call, I got the sense that Mr. Diller could care less about what he's doing these days.  His answers were short and he seemed generally distracted and uninterested. 

When IAC was formed a few years ago, it was all very exciting.  A promising collection of digital assets that would destroy old media.  Mr. Diller was on the cutting-edge of this brave new media world, leaving his dinosaur studio pals in the dust with their "movies" and "television shows".

But it hasn't quite worked out that way.

barry_diller_younger.jpgMr. Diller has been a true visionary throughout his career and now it's sort of sad to see him relegated to Q&A about the slowing growth at; the boring future potential of local search; and Ben Silverman's new company

All this while old media is staging a huge comeback and grabbing all the headlines:  "'Avatar' breaks worldwide box office record."  "Super Bowl XLIV is the most-watched television event ever."  

All this makes me think:  Is Barry Diller tired of it?  Is this really the future he imagined in 1991 after driving across the country with his Apple PowerbookDating websites and CollegeHumor?

Who knows?  Maybe he really enjoys talking business with Ricky Van Veen.

In my opinion, it's time for Mr. Diller to jump in the car with an Apple iPad and drive across the country again.

jill_kennedy_small.jpgJill Kennedy - OnMedea

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Fred Thomas Fred said:

No way, Jill. Local search isn't boring. How else am I going to find a dry cleaners near my house!?

Molly Glover said:

I don't know what was behind the purchase. maybe at the time it was going to be a solid #3 search engine. But now, the search wars seem to be over. Google wins. I don't know anyone who uses Ask.

Hollywood Producer said:

It's like Michael Eisner leaving Disney to produce Prom Queen for the internet.

About Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy - Blogger - OnMedea Jill Kennedy is an Ivy League MBA / refugee from Lehman Brothers.

Manka Bros. (and the Manka Business Channel) hired her (for a very low sum) to cover the world of media (not the world of Medea) in her own words without corporate interference.

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Medea Medea was a real bitch from classical mythology - as most famously dramatized by Euripides.

She was a sorceress and wife of Jason, whom she assisted in obtaining the Golden Fleece. When Jason deserted her, she chopped up their children. One could say, Medea acted as rationally as a major media company.


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