aTypical Joe: A gay New Yorker living in the rural south.: Good luck Current “While the official name is Current, the new San Francisco cable channel is known to many as the Al Gore Network, with all attention focused on the man who came oh-so-close to becoming president and is now trying to reinvent himself as a television mogul.
But even with a former vice president puttering in the China Basin building, Current may be remembered as the first channel to take advantage of the plummeting costs of consumer electronics and editing software. It’s finally economically feasible for the young, poor and disenfranchised to tell their own stories, and Gore and his fellow investors are betting $70 million that their target demographic of 18- to 34-year-old viewers will tune in to watch them. “