Thursday, July 13, 2006

No Sense of Ha-ha

The parody song inspired by Republican Senator Ted Stevens' explanation of how the internet works has been pulled from Fox-owned No good! What a bunch of wienies.

By now everyone's familiar with the senator's pedantic, incoherent ramblings as he attempted to explain the workings of the internet(s) a couple of weeks ago. His headache-inducing treatise included such declarations as "the internet is a series of tubes" and "it's not a truck", and a complaint that "I just the other day got an internet that was sent by my staff at 10 in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why? Because it got all tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially." Yikes.

Not that I'd expect any non-techie to be able to give a detailed explanation of how the internet works, but just about anyone could do better than "series of tubes". And Stevens isn't just "anyone": he's got a vote that could influence serious internet issues like net neutrality. I don't think it's asking too much that the people in charge of regulating the internet have at least a basic understanding of it.