Al Gore's cable channel Current is a fizzle
It's been kind of a tough week month for Al Gore. His marriage broke up, he was labeled "a sex-crazed poodle," in a police affidavit, and now the Hollywood Reporter is hammering his cable TV channel, Current. The Reporter says Gore has been trying to unload the thing for months and, despairing of that, has junked the entire New Media paradigm of an interactive television network. It's just been one shock after another for Gore: Most user-generated content is crap. Advertisers aren't interested in a channel where viewers stick around for only two minutes at a time. And most fundamentally, TV isn't the Internet. So just about everything but Current's name is being junked as the channel converts itself into a traditional network airing long-form news documentaries it produces itself. Otherwise, it's going really well, thank you.
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