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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    Jack Stahl, 26 Mar 2008 @ 4:26pm


    First of all, kudos to #8 for calling Techdirt on regurgitating the CNet article.

    Second, many people here have made the excellent point that Al Gore is probably well aware that banning press won't mean no one will find out what he says.

    But I disagree with the notion that he "trusts" citizen journalists so much more than the press. The reality is that while the mainstream media / press often does suck, its not like the blogosphere gives a perfect portrait of the world, either. I don't think, and I think it's unfair to assume Al Gore thinks, that the world would be a better place if all of the sudden institutions like the New York Times disappeared and instead everyone only read what DailyKos and TechCrunch, etc. had to say. They complement each other. They don't replace each other.

    On the other hand, one poster mentioned that banning press makes it less of a photo-op and reporting dream and more of an actual talk. I'm sure that Al Gore has no problem with people finding out what it is he has to say; he just doesn't want to have to deal with being in the public image. And to suggest that some how Flickr photos and Twitter streams constitute the same level of coverage, pressure, and publicity as newspaper articles is absurd.

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