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Opening Arguments

First there was Spike; now it's Al

Well, are you going to call Comcast and demand that it carry Al Gore's new TV network? Gore is aiming his programming at young people and must not think highly of their attention spans:

Based on material previewed on its Web site, Current TV at first glance seems like a hipper, more irreverent version of traditional television newsmagazines.

Most of its programming will be in "pods," roughly two to seven minutes long, covering topics like jobs, technology, spirituality and current events. An Internet-like on-screen progress bar will show the pod's length.

Some critics say Gore's concept -- letting viewers provide much of the content -- might be obsolete before the network really gets off the ground. AOL's recent airing of the Live 8 concerts is a hint of the true cutting edge of communications, Web menus that let viewers choose from an almost limitless range of programming. But digital-media expert J.D. Lasica has this to say about that: lying on a couch still beats sitting at a desktop. Boy, that's not too cynical, is it?