What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Al Gore


Al Gore
Al Gore

“National Public Radio has been indispensable to its local listeners across the country. Each station across America tailors its programming to meet local needs. For example, when school funding for classical music training was cut, it was KUER in Salt Lake City that produced a series introducing elementary school students to classical music.

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“I think that the Internet has wonderful potential to bring diverse kinds of music to new audiences. Schoolchildren in Georgia may, before long, have the opportunity to hear orchestra concerts in New York without having to leave the classroom, and university students in Japan may have the chance to experience their first fiddling contest without having to get on a plane. At the same time, like any new frontier, the Internet poses dangers, as well. Napster is a useful tool, a great idea, but we need to find a better way to protect the rights of the musicians whose music is, in essence, being stolen. And it is becoming far too easy for our children to stumble onto websites promoting music that contains explicitly violent lyrics; we need to find an appropriate way to shield their eyes.”

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