Shouldn't Al Gore Know That Everyone Is A Journalist These Days?

from the ban-everyone! dept

Al Gore, who, last we checked had founded a "citizen journalism"-based TV channel and internet site, has apparently told the RSA conference that one of the terms of his keynote speech at the event is that no press are allowed (and no photographs or audio or video recording either). That may have made sense years ago, but in this day and age, where everyone is a "reporter" and everyone has an outlet, it seems rather ridiculous to even think that you can ban "press," let alone make it a clause in a speaking agreement. Last year, the same event drew 17,000 people. You have to figure that a decent number of them have blogs, social networking pages, Twitter accounts and whatnot -- and a very high percentage probably have mobile phones with cameras on them as well (and, of course, it doesn't hurt that CNET appears to be offering to give people a free fleece for taping the event). Sorry, Mr. Vice President, even if you ban them, the press will be attending your talk.

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    Jason Still, 26 Mar 2008 @ 11:41am

    Re:

    a person who hopes to spread disinformation about how global warming isn't true or at least isn't our fault


    I hate the generic "global warming" term because, in fact, that isn't our fault. There's significant scientific evidence showing that the earth warmed and cooled many times before we showed up and started taking stuff out of the earth and putting it into the air.

    Have we accelerated this latest round of warming? Most likely. Are we going to cause it to spiral out of control and turn the whole planet into a toasty barren wasteland? Quite possibly. Will it happen before we manage to destroy ourselves through some other means? I doubt it. :(

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