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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    nipseyrussell, 26 Mar 2008 @ 8:54am

    to buiild on what charming charlie (#8) siad: did anyone think that he wants to maximize the number of "citizens" in the room and doenst want it ti be a press event with a bunch of cameras clicking and seats occupied by reporters? by making this a non-press event its a much more informal relaxed situation for presenter and audience. sheesh, anyone who thinks that his content wont get out is a bigger idiot than they think he is.
    additionally @ JS Beckerist (#6) what is meant by "I can't stand the guy. I think he's worse than a whistle blower" - whistle blowers are bad??? yep, screw the pentagon papers, i'd rather live in ignorance

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