Friday, July 07, 2006

Sen. Ted Stevens explains the Internet

This is exactly why I don't trust the government to regulate the Internet. Take a look at how Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) thinks the Internet works:

"...the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

What irritates me most is that he thinks he knows how the Internet works. Would he stand up on the Senate floor and explain the theory of relativity or the history of the Mongol Empire without having ever read anything about the subject? Then again, maybe he would - I'm constantly flabbergasted by what people think they know.

Read more at Wired's 27B Stroke 6 blog