One of my closest friends in the entire world is convinced Al Gore is full of it.
Like a lot of News.com readers who have reacted to the Nobel Prize announcement, he doesn't believe Gore deserves the award. I should add that my super-skeptical buddy--no names here or he'll come after me with a rolling pin--also dismisses the arguments seeking to prove the existence of global warming as warmed-over pseudo-science. He just doesn't believe the available evidence makes for a strong case.
Perhaps it's only circumstance that he hails from the computer industry. Then again, maybe not.
News.com attracts a fair number of folks who I like to call the "civilians,"--the non-geek crowd. But technology types still make up the heart of our audience. So it was that I've been inundated with private e-mails (in addition to the public TalkBack postings) responding to my column earlier today on "Al Gore's tech cred." Although hardly a scientific sample, most of the folks who've bothered to write in think Gore's all wet and I'm a clueless dolt for lending any credence to his argument. Maybe that doesn't represent the silent majority out there--or at least I hope not because the level of vitriol is off the charts.