I'm sad that Al isn't running for president in 2008 because I would, without a doubt, vote for him in a second. Al is one of the most intelligent individuals in America that I know of. Many people love to pick on him and say that he's inept and “thinks he came up with the internet.” But if you really look at those claims, they aren't true.
For example, Al Gore never said he invented the internet and never claimed to have invented the internet. He merely said he “took the initiative in creating the internet. (he) took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection”. I can see how this could be made to look like he “invented” the internet. And i can see how it could have been better worded, but he was simply saying he put forward initiatives that lead to the “creation” of the internet, that's hardly claiming to have invented it.
I'm bringing all of this up, because today I purchased Gore's book “The Assault on Reason” and within the first two pages he mentions the one huge thing that constantly eats at my mind. Here's an excerpt:
The truth is that American democracy is now in danger – not from any one set of ideas, but from unprecedented changes in the environment within which ideas either live and spread, or wither and die. I do not mean the physical environment; I mean what is called the public sphere, or the marketplace of ideas.
It is simply no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I am not alone in feeling something has gone fundamentally wrong. . .This particular explosion of 'news' [John Mark Karr & O.J.] was truncated only when a former television sitcom star used racial insults in a comedy club. And before that we focused on the 'Runaway Bride' in Georgia. And before that there was the Michael Jackson trial and the Robert Blake trial, the Laci Peterson tragedy and the Chandra Levy tragedy. And of course we can't forget Britney and KFed, and Lindsay and Paris and Nicole. Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah's couch and married Katie Holmes, who gave birth to Suri. And Russel Crow apparently threw a telephone at a hotel concierge.
In early 2007, the wall-to-wall coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death, embalming, and funeral plans, and the legal wrangling over the paternity and custody of her child and disposition of her estate, served as yet another particularly bizarre example of the new priority in America's news coverage.
And while American television watchers were collectively devoting a hundred million hours of their lives each week to these and other similar stories, our nation was in the process of quietly making what future historians will certainly describe as a series of catastrophic mistaken decisions on issues of war and peace, the global climate and human survival, freedom and barbarity, justice and fairness.”
Thank GOD I'm not the only one that noticed.