Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Usually I try my damnedest not to make fun of politicians on this blog, and this is apropos of nothing writing-related whatsoever, but...

Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (y'know, the State that hates the federal government but loves to take its money) went off on a strange diatribe last month. His rant wasn't, for once, about how we should drill caribou for oil, but on why he didn't vote for an amendment on net neutrality, and--hey, wake up! It's important.

Anyway, here's a quote (emphasis of incredulity mine):
Ten [Netflix movies] streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet? I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.
And another quote:
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes.
You can read the full transcript of his speech or, better yet, listen to the kickin' Techno-Mashup Remix (.mp3 format). You cannot not get up and dance when you hear it.

Let me know if this blog post reads okay on your internet, because it looks just fine on my internet. But sometimes those tubes really distort things.


I love that he calls an e-mail "an internet." A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I also loved the internet forensics investigation of why Sen. Steven's "internet" took so long.

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 7/19/2006 4:15 PM

Yes, I loved that, too. Thanks for posting the link!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/19/2006 5:53 PM

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