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Al Gore Invents Internet TV 474

catdevnull writes "The SF Gate is reporting that former VP Al Gore is launching "Current" a new CableTV-Internet hybrid. From the article: "Current, the name of Gore's enterprise, hopes to do that by airing a shuffle of short news features, some produced by the network but many submitted online by viewers. Current will also air segments every half hour showing TV viewers what Google searchers are tapping into at that moment -- everything from current events to tourist destinations. It's all directed at a generation that thinks nothing of plugging into more than one media outlet at once." "
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Al Gore Invents Internet TV

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  • by FlyByPC ( 841016 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:31PM (#12160302) Homepage
    ...he'll invent SlashDot!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:31PM (#12160305)
    You mean like MSNBC? The channel both Microsoft and NBC want to dump?
  • Oblig quote (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:31PM (#12160309)
    "Al Gore's endorsement should be enough for anybody"
  • Al Gore? (Score:5, Funny)

    by iGN97 ( 83927 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:32PM (#12160317) Homepage
    The original inventor of the algorithm?
  • Uhhh... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MagicDude ( 727944 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:32PM (#12160318)
    Current will also air segments every half hour showing TV viewers what Google searchers are tapping into at that moment

    That's going to be kindof X-rated, don't you think? Experience has shown that at any given point, a good portion of people using the internet are searching for porn, or at least naked pictures of celebrities.
    • X-Rated? Are you kidding me? It's more likely going to be a cross between getting a first post on Slashdot and Google Whacking. Just before the Google segment starts the hordes with descend on Google and try and get their "amusing" search phrase up in lights. Who knows, there might even be a fortune file in the offing too...
    • Re:Uhhh... (Score:3, Interesting)

      by irix ( 22687 )

      A couple of years ago at OLS [] they had a presentation by someone from Google on their use of Linux in house (this one [] I think).

      At the end of the presentation, he brought up a web page that showed a scrolling list of google queries that were being done in near-real-time. I think it was showing every nth query (every query would have been scrolling too fast to see). He said that they had two versions of this web page - a filtered and an unfiltered one, and he was running unfiltered.

      Was it ever funny - peop

    • And where are these google stats going to come from?
    • Re:Uhhh... (Score:2, Funny)

      by wolf- ( 54587 )
      Naked Democrats []
      Hot Liberal Action []
      Michael Moore Exposed []
      Job Wanted []
    • ... when the first of these segments is to air, we all hit Google and search for "Naked Al Gore".

  • Ahaha.. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:32PM (#12160319)
    Still funny. All these years later. No it is, it's never gotten old. Not even when the NSF credited him with a major role in makeing the internet into something broadly useful.
  • by rob_squared ( 821479 ) <<rob> <at> <>> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:33PM (#12160327)
    ...articles about robots recently?
  • by ImaLamer ( 260199 ) <> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:34PM (#12160337) Homepage Journal
    Credit for Internet funding by Vinton Cerf & Robert Kahn: []
  • I swear to god, when I heard about this (several days ago, btw, on my local nightly news program- Slashdot is a little slow on the uptake), the newscaster said something along the lines of "Al Gore isn't stopping with the internet, now he's doing his own TV channel!"

    I always assumed that everyone got that the whole "I invented the internet" stuff was a bunch of crap, but now I'm starting to have my doubts- I think a lot of people DO think he "invented the internet".

    She wrapped it up with "however, Gore

  • "Part of our objective is to connect those two experiences"
    I don't think he'd want to see the outcome of TV and Internet merged under one solution. We already got Paris Hilton all over the net and on tv :X

    Then I read the following line:
    Those hoping for a liberal network to balance the conservatism of Fox won't find it here.
    Well now I'm almost sold!
  • by dspisak ( 257340 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:36PM (#12160378)
    Emperor of the Moon? It's taking too damn long.

    A TV show or short segment showing what people are looking for on Google? Oh god, I can just imagine it now: is looking for "l33t w@r3z" with 57 hits

    Oh but check this out! is looking for "vast right wing conspiracy" with 683,000 hits! is looking for "CENSORED" with 2,947,345 hits. What a perv!

  • Uh, is Al sure he wants to broadcast how often people are searching for pr0n, and the different "kind" of pr0n they're looking for?

    What would Tipper say??
  • If nothing else, this venture is useful because it makes someone who's not the NSA an important customer for Google's aggregated surf data. Showing it live on TV opens it up to the public.
  • no! (Score:5, Funny)

    by barryfandango ( 627554 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:44PM (#12160442)

    "...a generation that thinks nothing of plugging into more than one media outlet at once."

    Maybe in my college days, but never again!

  • by nxtr ( 813179 )
    April Fools is over for more than 5 days now!
  • I'm sure Al Gore's network soon become as equally profitable, and as commercially successful, an unstoppable media juggernaut as Air America has.


  • by cold wolf ( 686316 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:23PM (#12160800) Homepage Journal
    The new network, planned for an Aug. 1 premiere, will enable Internet users to send video content through the online system "to help us make the viewer-created content that will be a large and growing part of what we put on the air," Gore said.

    Having viewers make shows for you? I guess that's kind of like how /. works. I was hoping, however, that it would be like blogging meets TV--you know, bloggers at events and getting air time in front of a cable audience and not just the blogosphere.

    Then again, it's already like that but with only text. And the blogging goes straight through to the viewer. So the more I think about this, the more it sounds like he's creating a middle-man company, which is to say, a completely useless and potentially brain-damaging company. Fuck that.

    By the way, the first sentence of the article is "Al Gore never said he invented the Internet." So at least there's some good text in there.

  • I for one wouldn't count out the possibility of this channel actually becoming popular. I mean, it seems to be feeding off the viral video phenomenon that the Internet has created. If it can really manage to get material that is as addictive as all these viral videos then it has a chance.

    The only real concern I have is that it is selling itself as a news channel. There really isn't much viral news out there on the internet. But it will be nice to see them give it a try anyways. Could be the first _new_ a

  • And Microsoft invented the Binary Numbers [].
  • by Sundroid ( 777083 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:33PM (#12160894) Homepage
    From the description in this news article, "Current" sounds like MTV without the music tapes. String together all the semi-hip news and pretentious lecture-in-disguise clips MTV now offers, and you get "Current"!

    A friend who has participated in numerous "brainstorm" sessions in TV industry once described those meetings as "plenty of saliva storm but no brain". Now I know why.

    The report says Gore bought the network for $70 million; my graphic blog, [], does not cost a dime to produce and offers plenty of entertainment.
  • Al Gore never claimed he invented the internet! Let's be clear about this. He said, "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."
    Which is true, he was a part of a house sub comitte that funded the DARPA research to develop a communications system that w
  • Interesting fella... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bar-agent ( 698856 ) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @09:05PM (#12161136)
    Al Gore is an interesting fellow. Let's take a look at what he's done, shall we?
    • Advanced the Internet
    • Guest-starred multiple times on Futurama
    • Was Vice-President
    • On the Apple Board of Directors
    • Now going television.
    I gotta tell you, I respect the guy. And this is only what I know about!

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