I got Gore-d!

in a way only indirectly related to global warming or climate change discourse.

In this speech Al Gore outlines the way that television, a medium controlled by the few and the rich and whose sole purpose is to sell advertisements, hijacked the public forum and political process in the US. Everybody talks about the fact that an independent and impartial media is vital to democracy, but fewer people, I think, discuss the vital importance of the public forum for ideas. Well, Al Gore claims that TV has ruined both of these institutions. Public judgment and perception are being confused and manipulated by rich corporate interests who control television, the most powerful medium ever.

Check out current television the project to create user-generated TV and let the “meritocracy of ideas” work its magic.

Yay Al Gore!

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