August 1, 2006

Totally Tubular, Man

Filed under: — mlazoff

WebtollYahoo picked up last week’s Reuters story on comedian Jon Stewart’s parody of U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’s (R-Alaska) definition of the Internet, by way of explaining Net neutrality: “The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s, it’s a series of tubes.” Stewart, host of the popular basic cable The Daily Show, “questioned Stevens’ knowledge of the Internet, and quipped, ‘You’re just the guy in charge of regulation.’” The story goes on to imply Stevens’s willingness to appear on The Daily Show to respond, although he has not yet been invited. Perhaps not just to save face; according to the article, “One congressional aide said the show had explained the controversial Net neutrality issue ‘better than any corporate lobbyist or policymaker I know.’” (Graphic is Coming Soon: The Web Toll by Oliver Wolfson, Popular Science) 

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