Thursday, January 26, 2006

A man, a mission, a PowerPoint presentation

Al Gore's little slideshow about global warming is now a hit documentary that got a standing ovation at Sundance:
The core of the film is a one-man, ever-evolving multimedia slide show that Gore assembled himself. A little-known fact: Since his defeat by George W. Bush in 2000, Gore has traveled the globe with his bar graphs, staging event after event for small, invited audiences. Free of charge. And he's presented one version or another of this slide show, by his own estimation, a thousand times.

I've watched Gore give this presentation several times by downloading the video from the websites of various organizations that invited him to speak.

What's compelling about it is that the acculation of evidence for global warming starts to snowball as you watch it, and you really get a sense of the enormity and the immediacy of the problem. It's sounds geeky, I know, but you really wouldn't believe how accessible it is.

And BTW, how rockin' awesome is the Sundance festival website? Here's what so freakin' cool about it: you can just wander around and watch the live updates from each day, or you can browse, or search for, an astounding number of featured short films. And the quality of the sound and the picture is just really fucking amazing.

And I'm not the only one who thinks so.


GETkristiLOVE said...
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GETkristiLOVE said...

And while he didn't really take credit for inventing the internet, he really does seem to care about the environment and he really did climb Mt. Rainier!

vikkitikkitavi said...

Al Gore rules.

Sometimes when I see him speak, my mind drifts away and I dream of an America in which Al Gore is president.