As reported by the NYT. Oops. Now we know why we heard the real Gore speaking, not just the made for TV version of Al. And… due to this story going viral, we get the “Full Monty” at last.
These remarks were recorded in the Doerr-Hosier Center, where the event took place, through the center’s sound board. The reporter who recorded them, Brent Gardner-Smith, had a press pass to the event and was recording what he understood to be remarks that were also being streamed on the Internet and were therefore public.
Here’s the essence of Gore’s “bullshit” remarks in high quality audio, plus other highlights we haven’t heard before.
Below is the audio of his entire talk, nearly 90 minutes.
…and the highlights, with notes below:
:03 on the lack of online business models that can support investigative reporting
:56 On Tahir Square being more literal and metaphorical, including emergence of new consciousness
4:44 does not buy that the Internet is inherently polarizing
6:36 On assumptions regarding free markets
7:23 on the workings of the brain and distraction
8:39 our culture is based on distraction
9:00 on dominance of money in campaigns
9:37 fools errand to try and change campaign finance laws, but Internet can help
10:19 need for public square
11:14 has to be a neutral place to share common information
12:23 on effort to pin 9/11 on Saddam Hussein
14:18 recent debt debate also influenced by propaganda
15:19 on creating a shared reality online
16:18 problem-solving requires “a single reality”
17:11 reason can triumph over wealth and power, but in the TV age, wealth and power triumph
18:37 on the importance of New York and DC to PR efforts
19:39 how the debt ceiling debate was influenced by TV ads
20:19 share reality helped make the U.S. great, now we’re making bad decisions without it
21:05 tobacco interests fighting back on TV in the ’60s
21:47 On “The Merchants of Doubt” and tobacco regulation
22:46 On the use of propaganda in the climate debate. (The “bullshit” cut).
23:36 No longer acceptable to even use the word “climate.”