“I think that the influence of television over the last half century has been harmful to the operations of our democracy,” said Gore. “In the age of our founding, and for much of the history of the republic, crucial. Individuals could gain easy access to information and could express their own views. They can’t do that on television.”

“They get plenty of information from it, but they can’t participate in a dialogue or engage in collaborative decision-making,” he went on. “But the Internet is now growing in importance and pervasiveness, to the point where soon it may offer an alternative to the TV media environment that reinvigorates democracy. I’m hoping that’s the case.”