Social Media

Social media as a Hollywood training camp?

Robert Young on GigaOm this morning mixes many metaphors in his discussion of the social media, but on that resonated with me is the how many social media startups are trying to create “farm team” for Hollywood.

(The metaphor, btw, is alluding to how major league baseball teams have regional baseball teams that they either train or retire talent).

From a scouting and recruiting standpoint, creating this farm team makes a lot of sense. Networks like YouTube or even MySpace could cut some of the time and money that it takes to “discover” new talent, one of the more onerous tasks in Hollywood.

The essence of Robert’s article though, is the similarity that the vast number of new social media startups have to one another, thus ensuring a lot of losers and few very few winners