Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Convenient Soap Box?

Former US Vice President Al Gore has begun promoting his new documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, about global warming. The environment has always been a key issue for Al Gore and now he is using this documentary (which received three standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival) as a means of bringing attention to this issue and at times even attacking the current administration.

While on the surface this appears to be Al Gore using his status of power to garner attention, and perhaps possibly support, behind this cause, one cannot help but wonder about other possible motivations and goals behind this. It has been suggested that Al Gore may be seeking another run at the presidency, and if that is the case, what better way to make headlines than this?

Al Gore does deny claims that he is eyeing another run at the White House, but if he is he would be employing the use of technology in a novel way. This documentary could be used to gather vast amounts of support from around the country and put his face to an important and pressing issue. He’ll also no doubt be on countless covers of newspapers and magazines.

Ignoring all talk of whether he would do well in an election, it appears that he is learning how to connect with people nowadays. The documentary offers a more “hip” version of discussing an issue, and provides a means of reaching a greater audience. Showing images of the world’s climate taking a toll against mankind could just possibly frighten people enough into demanding for something to be done…and perhaps they’ll see Al Gore as the one who can best do it.


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