No Cameras, No Tape Records…Consider it Like Church

By July 15, 2008General

Former Vice President Al Gore is speaking Thursday at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall here in Washington. The event is being organized by his The Climate Project, and he’ll probably give a version of this anti-global-warming presentation.

The We Campaign has been sending out tickets via e-mail to its mailing list. Here’s part of the response you get if you’re wait listed.

Items not permitted at the event include, but are not limited to, animals (except service animals), cameras/recording devices, drink/food, large bags/suitcases, or weapons. No signs, banners or posters will be permitted.

All attendees must maintain reasonable and appropriate behavior at all times. Attendees using offensive language or engaging in disorderly conduct may be ejected from the facility.

Please use public transportation, bicycling or other climate friendly means to attend this event.

If we were part of the crowd of angry conspiratorial lefty bloggers, we’d shout: No cameras, no recording devices? Censorship! It’s a big propaganda event, and they want to control the message and probably maximize their profits.

But to be fair, if everyone brought a  camera or video recorder, the scene could get awfully chaotic, with people elbowing for the best view. Think a high school graduation times 10. But no recorders at all? No little handheld digital sound recorders?


UPDATE (3 p.m.): Immanentizing the eschaton: Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic has more details, and per Gore’s office: “The speech will offer a new way of thinking about our energy production and consumption and a new sense of what is possible when we choose to work together. It will propose a means of tapping America’s innovative skills to build a more secure energy future.”

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