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Al Gore on the Internet's transformative effects

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 15 2009

Huffington Post tech editor Jose Antonio Vargas got a chance to sit down with Al Gore recently, and the conversation covered several topics of particular interest to us here. The former vice president came back again and again to the idea that we're in the midst of a political transition from a one-way television era to a new age of collaborative communications made possible by the Internet. The intersection of medium and politics is something Gore has been interested in ever since he wrote his college thesis on how the visual medium of TV made body language more important than rhetoric, image more powerful than reason. You can imagine that Gore's political career only served to increase his interest in how the perception of politics -- and politicians -- shapes public life.

The interview also covered everything from ComStat to the Internet as a fundamental right to the history of the Interstate Highway System to Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine. Worth a read.