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.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Ankit, 26 Apr 2008 @ 7:21pm

    Re: just as it seems (Reply to #20)

    "I don't blame him one bit. Gore is a lot smarter than people give him credit for and he's certainly savvy regarding the "new media". He knows exactly what he's doing. He intends to keep the mainstream press out while knowing that the bloggers will certainly get in." -Pope Ratzo

    Your whole post is made of win. I can't expand on any of your ideas.

    However, this article is disturbing. This is the type of stuff the MAINSTREAM MEDIA does. The mainstream media are the ones who should be putting in their own biased opinions and skewing the truth. Why the hell is the internet doing this now? I've noticed in the past few weeks that the internet is getting to be just as bad as the mainstream media.

    Can we truly not rely on any news anymore?

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Copying Is Not Theft
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.