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Hypocrisy and skepticism dampen Live Earth numbers
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 09, 2007

Live Earth appears to have been a ratings flop:
Live Earth has been branded a foul-mouthed flop.

Organisers of the global music concert - punctuated by swearing from presenters and performers - had predicted massive viewing figures.

But BBC's live afternoon television coverage attracted an average British audience of just 900,000.

In the evening, when coverage switched from BBC2 to BBC1, the figure rose to just 2.7million.

And the peak audience, which came when Madonna sang at Wembley, was a dismal 4.5million. Three times as many viewers saw the Princess Diana tribute on the same channel six days before.

Two years ago, Live 8 drew a peak television audience of 9.6million while Live Aid notched 10million in 1985.
It is simply hard to take seriously a bunch of entertainers who leave carbon footprints the size of small towns when they gather to lecture us about our pollution output. As Rasmussen points out:
Skepticism about the participants may have been a factor in creating this low level of interest. Most Americans (52%) believe the performers take part in such events because it is good for their image. Only 24% say the celebrities really believe in the cause while another 24% are not sure. One rock star who apparently shared that view is Matt Bellamy of the band Muse. Earlier in the week, he jokingly referred to Live Earth as "private jets for climate change."

Only 34% believe that events like Live Earth actually help the cause they are intended to serve. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree. Those figures include 10% who believe the events are Very Helpful and 20% who say they are Not at All Helfpul. Adding to the skepticism, an earlier survey found that just 24% of Americans consider Al Gore an expert on Global Warming.
And, as if desperate to find a way to increase that skepticism:
Officials at Live Earth Johannesburg have blamed the effects of climate change for poor audience attendance at Saturday's (07Jul07) South African event. Organiser John Langford believes extremely cold weather in the region - it snowed last week (ends06Jul07) for the first time in a quarter of a century - kept people away from the concert, which starred Joss Stone, UB40, Angelique Kidjo and Baaba Maal.
Well, there you go. Why didn't they all just stay home and plant a tree?
 
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Apparently it has been stated that to ofset the pollution from all the travel (of just the stars, mind you), over 100,000 trees would need to be planted...

And apparently the $50 beers at the aussie concert didn’t go over well.

I am amused.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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And when the Goreacle makes statments such as:
"We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are."
You can’t help but be moved - but the kind of movement Gore wanted was not the bowel variety.
 
Written By: SShiell
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Organiser John Langford believes extremely cold weather in the region - it snowed last week (ends06Jul07) for the first time in a quarter of a century - kept people away from the concert
Global warming!!
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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The whole idea about concerts like Live Earth is so ridicules that it speaks for itself! Hey Live Aide really did something for the hunger around the world, don’t you think?

I’ll just turn your attention to something very rarely seen, (rock) musicians with integrity and a normal self-image!

http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/concert-leaves-monkeys-cold/2007/07/05/1183351346267.html
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
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The US Ratings were just as bad. NBC (which carried Live Earth) finished DEAD LAST among the networks.
 
Written By: SaveFarris
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No, you must have it all wrong...

Live Earth says they were bringing together "2 billion people."

Are you telling me that 1/3 of Earth’s population didn’t enjoy Live Earth?
 
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The criticisms here of Live Earth are valid, but completely irrelevant. The global warming movement has been very successful at disseminating its ideas and organizing people. The libertarian movement is ridiculous in comparison.

"But BBC’s live afternoon television coverage attracted an average British audience of just 900,000.

"In the evening, when coverage switched from BBC2 to BBC1, the figure rose to just 2.7million.

"And the peak audience, which came when Madonna sang at Wembley, was a dismal 4.5million."

If libertarians held a "Live Liberty" concert would they even average "just 900,000"? Maybe a few hundred if that. Those of us who are pro-liberty should be studying the global warming movement and be learning lessons about how to actually run a political movement rather than offering snarky comments and then doing nothing. The successful dissemination of ideas has nothing to do with their validity, but how they are marketed and framed. If libertarians were a business they would have closed up shop because they don’t know how to market their product. The ideas of liberty are the most dynamic, forward-looking ideas around. They are the basis of our free and prosperous society. And they are the great hope of the developing world in the effort to rise out of poverty and despotism. And yet where is the passion among libertarians? Where is the spontaneous ordering of libertarian political movements? The global warming idiots are out there successfully spreading their memes. Why aren’t libertarians using the same techniques to spread their own memes? It doesn’t matter that Live Earth had attendance/audience that was less than expected or that the musicians were hypocrites. That will all be lost on millions who don’t pay much attention to politics and who will uncritically accept the ideas as real and valid. And they were far more successful than libertarians would be at the same venture.
 
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The criticisms here of Live Earth are valid, but completely irrelevant. The global warming movement has been very successful at disseminating its ideas and organizing people. The libertarian movement is ridiculous in comparison.
Phil, did you miss this part of the post?
Only 34% believe that events like Live Earth actually help the cause they are intended to serve. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree. Those figures include 10% who believe the events are Very Helpful and 20% who say they are Not at All Helfpul. Adding to the skepticism, an earlier survey found that just 24% of Americans consider Al Gore an expert on Global Warming.
Real effective, pal. Skepticism is growing and growing and more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the "message" is bunk.

As for being effective organizers, uh, yeah, you really proved it this past weekend with what everyone is acknowledging was mostly a flop.

I think you’ve peaked.

 
Written By: McQ
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I think Al Gore is doing good by trying to get out a message that needs to be heard (and is being heard — global warming is the number one concern of young people, from what I can tell, even ahead of terrorism). The concert was silly — I think those things do no good and watching it would be a waste of time. I didn’t even know about it except what I read here on this blog and a couple other websites. Nobody was talking about it in the "real world."

The skeptics are not nearly as numerous as the right or neo-libertarian wing would claim; there is a cottage industry of trying to find any skeptical voice and parlay that into some major movement. The scientific community is pretty solid.

All that said, the global warming skeptics hurt their cause by aruging the wrong thing. They avoid the tough issue — is government regulation the best response if the planet is in danger (meaning the ability of the planet to give humans a quality environment — the planet itself is in no danger) from human activity? Instead they take the easy way out, just trying to deny the danger. That way they don’t have to face the potentially very difficult question of what the proper response would be if the majority of scientists are actually right.

I’m exceedingly skeptical that governmental regulation or policy is the answer. What gets done has to be done voluntarily through incentives, not regulation or strict controls. That actually puts me closer to the anti-global warming crowd in policy choice than to people like Al Gore. But I’m dealing with the touch question. It would be so much easier to say "let me find a few skeptics and then just put my faith in them in order to dodge a very difficult question..."
 
Written By: Scott Erb
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