Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday that the Internet is helping to restore balance to democracy.
“One of the reasons why American democracy is going through a very difficult time right now is that wealth distorts the way we make decisions,” Gore said in San Francisco during Connect 2016, a technology conference sponsored by China’s Cheetah Mobile.
That was particularly true when TV broadcasters reigned, but now the TV “information ecosystem” is declining, said Gore, who sold his cable channel Current TV in 2013 for $500 million to Al Jazeera America. That news network just announced it will shut down April 30.
“The Internet is now restoring an information ecosystem in which individuals can have an impact,” Gore said. “Individual bloggers can now bring light to facts and information that others can read and understand. And this has a political impact.”
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Al Gore endorses citizen journalism
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