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Monday, April 04, 2005

Al Gore to Launch Smut Network

Al Gore has clearly cast his lot with those who oppose FCC regulation of cable. The announcement of his new TV venture with Joel Hyatt--Current, formerly known as INdTV, which Double-Super-Platinum-Neon-Tier digital cable subscribers everywhere will soon be able to watch on channel 2,347-D--includes a plug for "Google Current," a TV version of the robot-driven Google News service:
"Google Current," built using samplings of popular Google search data, including from Google Zeitgeist, complements the free-flowing pod format with news updates each half-hour. Thirty seconds to three minutes in length, these segments buck conventional news practices by reporting not on what media editors decide is "news," but on the topics people are actually searching for right now. So news isn't what the network thinks you should know, but what the world is searching to learn.
Bold move--pepper your faux-hipster home-video network with half-hour updates on pornography.