I've noticed no one has pulled the 'Al Gore invented TV' joke in the news yet so I assume it must be too obvious to be funny.
Rushkoff (via) articulated well exactly what I have been thinking all along: missed opportunity. When I was asked if I wanted to be introduced to Joel Hyatt, I said sure, but I didn't really see why. Who was I to call him up and be critical (I actually did send him an e-mail after all just to say hi anyway but of course never heard back). I knew they were doing something very different by going onto cable, or whatever you call it these days - controlled, regulated, regional-access TV - and TV watchers are mostly apathetic.
At Parsons I spent a semester exploring online delivery methods for educational content on TV set top boxes and we found that the most drastic difference between the human's interaction with a TV set and a computer monitor is involvement level: The TV viewer is completely passive and static while the computer user can hardly sit still without interacting kinetically.
While we are in a time of transition where these two platforms are meshing together and screens are as common as clocks, the main problem with Current is that their limited, time-demanding audience may be too comfortable with TV by nature to do anything other than stare at it.
Laura Ling, an online host for the station seems sharp (that's one positive point to one layer at least), though I haven't seen the rest (I still don't have a TV).
At this point, the best thing they could do to scale back the criticism is to change the about page (i.e. stop trying to explain themselves as being so great (i.e. just do their own thing and let others describe it)).