“AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, Flaky Flick Suffers From ‘Truth Decay’” by Kyle Smith in the NEW YORK POST Online Edition is the review (of Al Gore’s
whopper whelping of a film, “AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH“) that few will read and among those who do, few will take as seriously as Al Gore’s hot air otherwise.
Which is very unfortunate because Smith’s a very smart man and writes an excellent review of the trendy from a point of stoic clarity — which is always unpopular when too many perceive the trendy as the truth and it rarely is, except within the realm of populism. Or, rather, cultism, to be more accurate as to what Gore is cashing in on and why. Cultism. And like all cultists everywhere, those who speak out beyond the cultist terms bring harsh cultist judgement down upon themselves.
Thus, the review that speaks sense is going to be the stuff of malignment. Speaking truth to trends is unpopular because no one involved in the trendy wants to think they’re not. And thus, speaking sense and clarity to those same people will just cause them to be angry and reject the notion that, say, a gold Gremlin may not have staying power.
And speaking of Gremlins, I remember my first round of college in the late Sixties and early Seventies and the newly emerging ethology studies among the brighter students of Biological Sciences, who reported then amidst much gnashing of teeth and blaring Bob Dylan music that “world scientists met” (then) in an international pow-wow and agreed that the Earth had already reached that “point of no return” back then. That the environmental changes, such as they were evaluated then, were already potent portents of pummeling futility as to life on Earth and there was no hope of longevity. Carbons, cycles, hot and cold…too late for mice and men, so buy the Gremlin or hitchhike to Oregon and wear fringe and just get it over with. Back then.
So today we have Al Gore alleging dramatically (and with heat!) that we just might be approaching “the point of no return,” that it’s likely to happen sometime in the future but not too far off that anyone should assume there’s much good to come.
I’m not making fun of the seriousness of climate change and environmental degradations, not at all. But I am trying to point out that naivete among certain generations of humans — it does always seem to reduce down to the teen and young adult years, however — allows them to believe whatever they hear and read and see if it’s trendy, if it suits what the person next to them finds trendy, if it’s comfortable communally and something most everyone you know can agree on is really a big deal.
In other words, Al Gore has not discovered science but he has discovered tickets. And a more profound use of theatre than he has already familiarized himself with and that what he’s doing with this environmental theme he is now working is use it. Use it like a gold Gremlin and fringe and complaints about the loud Bob Dylan music when Dylan first went electric.
Only what’s trendy today is the polar opposite. Me, I’m glad Bob Dylan went electric because I remember many a good hour listening to BLOND ON BLOND way back when we all thought the world would end anyway so why not play it loud and over and over again.
Without electricity, most of that would never have happened. By “that” I mean all of it, all that’s happened up to now, all that we are, the sum total that is our consciousness as a species, because electricity and the various other industrial types of usable energy available to our human race has allowed us to be today who we are and know what we know — at least to post the knowledge in accessible terms such that it’s there when the rest of our type seeks it out. that produces change and because of that, the energy is change. Change happens as both an energetic process and as an energetic byproduct.
But, trends and trendy fervor do little to encourage real change, but work to silence it. They boo’ed Bob Dylan off the stage when he energized the music. And, being told it’s all over except for the clean-up afterward is not the way to learn from the past, about the past, and by that, learn about the future.
And, without industry, Al Gore’s film would not have been possible. The ability to meet the costs necessary to make this film, as with all film, the technology all inclusive, exists only because of the industry Al Gore attempts to discourage pursuit of. I wonder why.