Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Fast Paced Digital Media World -- Stephen Colbert Causes Confusion at D

Things move very quickly in the digital world.

Case in point -- the "YouTube Guys" (Chad Hurley and Steve Chen) were featured first this morning at Walt Mossberg's D Conference. Immediately, thereafter, Viacom's CEO Philippe Dauman took the stage, introduced by a hilarious video by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. And, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher's "AllThingsD" web site posted the clip with Dauman's express blessing.

Trouble is -- immediately after posting the video, Walt and Kara initially thought they had received a "take down" phone call from Comedy Central's attorneys (a la Viacom with YouTube) -- Walt and Kara made that announcement live on stage at D and, no, it was not a comedy "bit."

Instead, in the end, it was just good old conference confusion -- no demand apparently was made by any lawyers and the video is alive and well ... so check it out, it is very very funny.