Monday

Al Gore's low voltage network

As the television writers' strike slowly gnaws its way through the TV grid, the question arises: What else is there to watch? Doesn't Al Gore have some kind of television channel, among his many worthy pursuits? Maybe nobody there's on strike.

Al Gore's channel is called Current, carried in the Northeast by Comcast and others, and no, their staffers are not on strike. That is because Current is a "user-generated" television channel that broadcasts myriad brief segments, called "pods." Current calls itself the "TV network made by the people who watch it." No stranger to orotund claims, Gore says Current allows viewers to "reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make." BOSTON GLOBE

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