The Inconvenience in “The Inconvenient Truth”

the inconvenient truth

Al Gore’s presentation about global warming turned into a movie?

That was my first thought as I watch the trailer for The Inconvenient Truth some time ago. While global warming was a popular topic a few years back, there hasn’t been much media spotlight on it in recent years… so why now?

Produced by the self-proclaimed inventor of the Internet and “almost” President of the United States, Al Gore has returned to set the agenda for the world: To put a stop to global warming. Through the dramatic use of “before and after” photographs of the exotic locations around the world, he convinces everyone on the obvious destruction mankind has cause on the environment. You can’t help but sense the political message in this one. Those who’ve seen it seemed impressed, so I’m interested to see whether the film can tell me anything new.

Interestingly, I’m already seeing some kind of post-movie environmental meme going on about electric and hybrid cars.

Tara Hunt noted Fact Company’s article about Toyota’s Hybrid models being the best selling vehicles in North America as of May 2006. Professor Alex Halavais blogged about another movie aptly entitled “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which is coming at the end of June (See trailer here). Yes, we have hybrids now, but exactly happened to the fully electric cars?

In any case, one inconvenience I already face about The Inconvenient Truth is how hard it is to find a theater just to watch it. The official web site doesn’t make it easy by having you download a PDF listing dates and locations. So far I only found one screening on 06/16/06 in Amherst Theater, New York 14226. No other details šŸ™

Aside:
Al Gore’s surrounded with Apple hardware in the movie, so besides influencing more Mac switchers, I bet we’ll also start to see more Keynote switchers too.

19 thoughts on “The Inconvenience in “The Inconvenient Truth”

  1. When and where did Gore proclaim that he invented the Internet?

    That’s a hype which tells more about our disfunctional mass media than about Gore. He never said that. And never wanted to say that, either. It simply didn’t happen. Which part of that you don’t understand?

    But while in the Congress he did take the initiative in developing the Internet, or as Newt Gringrich put it in Sept 2000 “Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet.”

    See link.

    Al Gore: Internet Pioneer

    by Jaron Lanier
    Washington Post, April 21, 1999

    Al Gore did not say he “invented the Internet.” That’s media hype.
    What he said on CNN was, “I took the initiative in developing the Internet.” Anyone in my world knows that is an accurate statement, and the media only showed their own techno-illiteracy in not bothering to investigate, let alone explain, the reality to readers. He deserves
    bragging rights.

    I knew Al Gore in the 1980s, and I can attest to the fact that he “got” the Internet even before it was understood by much of the mainstream of computer science. It’s hard for us to remember now how alien the Internet used to be. Back in the ’80s, Mr. Gore was the only national political figure who understood what the Internet could mean to America’s future. He introduced Senate Bill 2594, the Supercomputer Network Study Act, in 1986, when forward-looking companies such as Apple still didn’t even have e-mail.

    What do you know about the Net’s history and Gore’s role in it, anyway? Apparently not much.

    You can be grateful that Gore did what he did, because if the Net was now where it was before his intervention you could hardly post your stupid smear on this blog.

  2. You canā€™t help but sense the political message in this one.

    Speak for yourself.

    As Gore says “glaciers do no care about politics”.

    He was concerned about this issue long before he became a politician. So now that he is not a politician — again — you say it’s about politics. Very logical indeed.

    But it’s hard to imagine how anyone would pick global warming of all issues if he wants to run for president.
    It’s certainly not a subject with which you can score many political points in the US.

    Especially not now when it looks that three major volcanic erruptions will cool the planet this year and maybe in the next few.

  3. Gringo: Seriously thanks for sharing, sans the hostilities.

    What Gore said: Although Al Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet, he did discuss his role in Internet development in an interview with Wolf Blitzer of Cable News Network. The interview took place on March 9, 1999 during CNN’s “Late Edition” show. Specifically, what Gore said was “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

    It is common knowledge that the Internet wasn’t created by him alone, and yes, I meant it more as a “tongue in cheek”. It is hype, but it’s something that he’s memorable for which was why I said it. Because of how seriously misunderstood this can be, I struck it off as invalid. Hopefully more “politically apathetic but eager” individuals like myself can get proper footing in discussing politics next time. As for the second ambiguous “political” issue, I am not referring to Al Gore having a real political agenda (as he already mentioned), but how we can imply that the current U.S. government isn’t doing enough to deal with this environmental issue.

  4. Kevin: Have to go with Gringo on this one. Like global warming itself, there is no reasonable debate over the claim that Gore “claimed to invent the internet.” Here is the quote:

    “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I 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, improvements in our educational system.”

    Taking this out of context and even misquoting it was part of the dirty politics of the time. Rather than fighting it, Gore rolled with it, and so it became a part of our national consciousness. Fact remains: he was instrumental in funding and pushing high-tech. His opponent (Bush) didn’t even use email.

    Again, like global warming, to suggest that there is any real debate here is giving in to propaganda–there is no legitimate debate over either of these issues.

    As for the timing, Gore has been giving this talk since his bid for presidency. Its only now that a production company decided to film it.

    (The degree to which Participant creates propaganda is up for grabs. What probably is not is that they produce really good films.)

  5. I saw the movie and was very impressed by it. I also read up on that whole hoohah over the fallacy that he “created the internet” and found it kinda sad. Sad that mainstream media would distort his words like that.

    Same with a fact that he states in the movie, which is that *zero* academic studies contradict the fact that global warming is a problem, but about 50% of media articles call into doubt the existence of global warming.

    I have certainly joked with friends about Gore’s “creating the internet” but among us we know the truth. What’s unfortunate is the people who don’t. If you keep perteptuating a lie, even if it is for humor, gradually others will take it at face value.

    Having said that, I still chuckled to myself when playing Civ 3 because the image of the “Internet” technology research goal was Gore’s face.

  6. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  7. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  8. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  9. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  10. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  11. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  12. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  13. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  14. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  15. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  16. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

  17. Al Gore actually did say that “… he took the initiative in creating the internet.”, which is basically taking credit for it's creation, which led to the whole 'Al Gore Invented the Internet' debacle.

    The fact is, he was not responsible for it's creation, yet as a Vice President running for the highest office in the land, he clearly insinuated that he had created the internet.

    Wolf Blitzer fool that he is, accepted his claim as fact. If Blitzer had half a clue or any non-biased journalistic sense whatsoever, he would've called Gore on his claim or at least allowed him to correct his foolish assertion. He didn't and the rest is history.

    Considering the meandering nonsensical global warming rant that Gore has been on since 2000, it's a darn good thing that he wasn't elected President. He would've made a pisspot poor one.

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