I’m quoted in this article the other day by Farhad Manjoo in Salon (subscription required): The television will be revolutionized. Al Gore promises that Current TV will be as interactive and democratic as the Internet. But already his restless young audience is wondering whether the network will be another rerun. Excerpt:
Viewers might wish it presented a novel, unpredictable opinion on the issue, or a deeper sense of outrage, or anger. It’s difficult to find a non-mainstream point of view in the videos; politically, they stray neither too far left nor too far right. Just now, there’s little on Current’s site that would seem out of place on ordinary TV.
The youth-oriented network, with Al Gore as a co-owner, launches Aug. 1.
And from 925 — The Online Advertising Community: Gore: Ads Aren’t the Boss of Us. Yea right.
As part of their submission policy, contributors are prohibited from posting their videos on their own sites. But for the ever-growing mass of bloggers—or even “vloggers”—doesn’t it seem they’d be short changing themselves to agree to such a thing? J.D. Lasica, a media consultant and the author of “Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation” agreed that when it comes to filmmakers utilize the Web, they “have an expectation of immediacy for their material.” As Lasica told Salon: “You put something together and you want to put it online. You want to get it out there.” Ain’t that the truth.