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Posted on 03/13/2012 8:08:37 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Gore: 'Our democracy has been hacked' By Daniel Strauss - 03/13/12 10:18 AM ET
Al Gore said on Tuesday that America's democracy "has been hacked" and advocated for the use of digital tools to improve the government.
Speaking to the high-tech crowd at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, the former vice president said that social media and digital technology should be used to "change the democratic conversation."
"Our democracy has been hacked," Gore said, according to CNN. "It no longer works, in the main, to serve the interests of our people."
He also urged the audience to begin a new, online "Occupy Democracy" movement, according to The Associated Press.
Gore went on to describe his vision for a "wiki-democracy" of "digital flash mobs calling out the truth" and "a government square that holds people accountable."
His comments came during a panel with Sean Parker, who founded Napster and helped start Facebook.
Both men said that digital tools and social media could be used to counteract the influence of money in politics, urging people to do more than "like" something on Facebook.
"It's not enough to take that small action online," said Parker, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the move "The Social Network." "A referral or notification is not really the same thing as showing up at a protest or actually opening up your wallet."
Gore also criticized the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case, which helped increase the influence of super-PACs in elections.
"When we win the conversation, then the pressure can be put on the politicians and elected officials to do the right thing," Gore said.
I think we should encourage their madness. Egg them on.
Vote conservative and restore sanity to America. Put the adults back in charge.
What Gore means is the Democrat/Socialist/Liberal/Progressives can’t control the new media like they did the mMSM, so it must be broken!
There was a story a couple years ago about him going to a hotel and getting massages. Apparently one of the employees complained that he groped her.
Translation: Those pesky Right Wingers keep kicking our azz.
Notice he said “our people”. I don’t think he was talking about FReepers.
His "democracy" comes from 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus spoiled brats like himself. These aged punks and their ideological issue are now arguably a dominant part of the Establishment.
Their "democracy" has no use for our Republic and our social contract, freedoms, and inalienable rights.
This is the Democrats' second civil war against our Republic.
Actually, it’s a representative republic, Al, you stupid, fat bastard.
And what has been “hacked” is the US federal government, and it has been done by communists such as yourself.
Good grief, not this merde again.
Patriots have been “hacking” America since 1776.
Einsten AL obviously doesn’t know the difference between a constitutional republic and mob rule.
STFU Al, go find your Dingle Norwood, start with that lockbox.
There are a lot of new things that govt could do with technology...like using data mining to uncover Medicare/Medicaid fraud. Use data to track visas and exits of foreigners visiting the US. Social Security info to identify illegals for deportation. The list goes on..but they won’t do these things which could really make a difference.
Nothing hacks me off more than algore.
I like the part when he says it no longer serves OUR people as opposed to THE people.
Declaration of Independence, any one?
Their job is no longer to make a difference, their job is to destroy and fundamentally transform.
Certainly sounds like rhetoric aimed at the mobocracy... whoever can gin up the biggest transient protest wins. Fair plebiscites would, I believe, put Al Gore and his ilk well to shame.
Once again Count Taxulas sidekick, Algore, has been with Rip Van Winkle. What does he think has happened over the last 20 years? The hacking of the big government wackos and the lapdog media took place in the form of the TEA party, Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart. I dont care if this techn00b doesnt like that the truth is now accessible to anyone with a computer and a hook up. Go back to sleep Algore.