An Inconvenient Truth- an exercise in frustration


We have been trying to watch Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, but have been faced with obstacles at almost every step of the way. I am very frustrated by all the technical difficulties I’ve encountered. It started with the lack of picture and sound in 3E5 yesterday. In ITR1 today there was sound, but no picture. Worse still, there was no airconditioning- it was like a sauna, and we were all breathing in each other’s carbon dioxide. (Very apt, given the content of the video, but not exactly conducive to learning.) We moved over to ITR2 where we had sound and picture, but what a picture! Busy blue-green stripes moving across the screen, calculated to give anyone the mother of all migraines.


Hang on- I’m not done yet. In 3E1, there was picture and no sound. So the poor students ended up reading the subtitles in silence. Kudos to them for their valiant attempts to stay awake. By the end of the lesson I was ready to call it quits. “An Inconvenient Truth” seemed to be just too inconvenient to screen.


But Mrs V does not give up easily. I really believe that this video is one that you should watch, because it is an argument in the film medium. Al Gore convincingly (if not very elegantly) builds up his case for reducing carbon emissions, and there is a lot of good vocabulary related to discussing issues that you can pick up from the documentary. So my final attempt consists of booking the movie screening area in the library. We will move the desks out so that we can all sit on the floor. If this also does not work then I will be forced to conclude that someone up there does not want you to watch this film!

Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

In the meanwhile, have a look at these articles, because they contain descriptions of the film, as well as some opposing points of view. These are good examples of counter-arguments. But do read them critically. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but you notice that some arguments are more well supported than others, and therefore are more convincing. There are many articles out there on the net, and you are welcome to look them up if the topic interests you. These are just the first ones I found, not necessarily the best. If you have any comments after reading them, I’d love to hear from you.






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