Monday, August 01, 2005

Google Current

Apparently, Google is in a content partnership with Al Gore's Current TV, which just debuted last night. The unstated premise of this TV network is to promote an extreme liberal agenda to young people in a "hip" MTV-style format (at which Al Gore is an expert). The buzz so far is that this project is a complete flop. I haven't watched any of the programming, but I'm wondering what kind of content Google Current is coming up with. There will surely be some egg on Google's face as the overall crappiness of the whole enterprise becomes widely appreciated. A couple of facts about Current TV:

1. Their stated purpose is to provide 3 minute bite-sized segments (no shows), because young people are so stupid they don't have an attention span longer than 3 minutes.

2. The TV listings information on their web site requires personal indentifying information - and they don't give you the listings! (The database they're building here surely won't be used in some 2008 election campaign fundraising, right?)

3. Their web site sucks ass - SLOW, NO content, NONE of the promised "interactivity."