I finally got around to seeing the Al Gore global warming movie and would highly recommend it to anyone. The filmmakers did a good job of merging the various technical narratives but Gore ultimately gave the power point presentation of the century -- boosted by the fact that it didn't use power point at all.
My running reactions to the film sequentially followed these emotions:
- Sadness that Gore didn't get the nod for president.
- Bewilderment that they put the wrong guy in charge instead of Gore.
- Amazement that after all these years, I actually get to see charts and graphs used correctly in a movie (and would consider giving best supporting actor nominations to the trendlines).
- An occasional shrug when Gore over-does the cause/effect relationships -- especially regarding hurricanes.
- Admiration for Gore's persistence in following climate science for all these years.
It's classic conservatarianism: Define a problem out of existence by turning logic and morality inside-out, and then whine about the "pessimism" of anyone who refuses to join you in Cloudcuckooland.Although spot-on, this observation shows the intractability of winning any argument which hints at a dark side. Pity that the conservatives never seem to use the pessimistic dominion-loving rapturists as target practice before going after the scientists. "Convenient dementia", I would call it.
Update: For a truly bad power-point slide, check this out. It uses an abstract data flow to articulate zero understanding.