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(The Atlantic)   So it turns out Al Gore may not have invented the Internet after all   (theatlantic.com) divider line 20
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2014-05-23 01:52:49 PM  
It was actually Bush!  Who know?
 
2014-05-23 02:05:46 PM  
And anyone who actually did their homework would know he never said he invented the internet. But the intent was to get WWW.Bushsh*t elected, so whatever. It worked.
 
2014-05-23 02:30:52 PM  

Nadie_AZ: And anyone who actually did their homework would know he never said he invented the internet. But the intent was to get WWW.Bushsh*t elected, so whatever. It worked.


Kind of like Gunga Dan's TANG memo, except that one was too unbelievable for even the most gullible to swallow.
 
2014-05-23 05:01:00 PM  
I guess ralphnaderithm has a nice ring to it as well.
 
2014-05-23 05:17:22 PM  
It was actually Hitler's invention funded by the homosexual agenda to turn us all into Muslim extremists
 
2014-05-23 05:25:41 PM  

Lanadapter: It was actually Hitler's invention funded by the homosexual agenda to turn us all into Muslim extremists


you forgot socialism.
 
2014-05-23 05:38:45 PM  
I'm pretty sure the Internet was born in Japan 2001.
 
2014-05-23 06:00:38 PM  

Nadie_AZ: And anyone who actually did their homework would know he never said he invented the internet. But the intent was to get WWW.Bushsh*t elected, so whatever. It worked.


Wasn't it "I took the initiative in creating the internet"?
 
2014-05-23 06:07:54 PM  

dittybopper: It was actually Bush!  Who know?


That would explain youtube comments...
 
2014-05-23 06:20:59 PM  
Al Gore never said he 'invented the internet'.  That was a misleading paraphrase by 'journalists'.

Gore said that he was one of the people who took the lead in developing the internet, by which he meant that the ARPANET (or DARPANET) research project had accomplished its goals of studying and designing a communications and networking infrastructure that was robust enough to make sure that we could remain in contact with the missile silos in the event of war.  Having accomplished its goal, the project was due to be shut down.

Fortunately, legislation was pushed through to keep the thing going, and to transition it from military / university control to more or less the status of a public utility, thus becoming the internet, more or less as we know it today.

And Gore was in fact instrumental in that legislation.  But somebody decided that if they edited his quote, it would sell more papers.

Heck, back when this was going on, several of the tech guys involved in the nuts n' bolts of creating ARPANET - Vint Cerf and a few others, IIRC, confirmed that Gore's original (accurate) statement was indeed correct.  Without him spearheading the legislation, the internet would have been shut down as a completed research project.

Bur since Gore was not real charismatic, and people were down on him in general, it became a lot more fun to pretend he was taking credit for the whole thing.
 
2014-05-23 07:08:02 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Al Gore never said he 'invented the internet'.  That was a misleading paraphrase by 'journalists'.


It was just one pillhead on the radio, actually. Most popular "Big Lie" Rush ever told.
 
2014-05-23 07:21:23 PM  
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2014-05-23 07:23:05 PM  
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2014-05-23 08:10:36 PM  

Gonz: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Al Gore never said he 'invented the internet'.  That was a misleading paraphrase by 'journalists'.

It was just one pillhead on the radio, actually. Most popular "Big Lie" Rush ever told.


Didn't know it was Rushbo.

I had been giving the media the benefit of the doubt on that one, but now I see it was malicious enemy action.

Still, it is nothing short of disgusting to see how the lie was eagerly swallowed by the public at large, and the way technically literate people who should have known better jumped on the bandwagon to make Al Gore jokes.
 
2014-05-23 08:23:33 PM  
Oh, an "Al Gore stretched the truth in his political campaigns a few times" joke.  How very topical.

Please, subby, regale us with further timely wit.  Have you heard of this hip new show called "Ally McBeal" yet?  I hear it's totally radical with the kids these days and whatnot.
 
2014-05-24 12:41:47 AM  
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IMPOSSIBLE!
 
2014-05-24 04:14:14 AM  
And Eisenhower didn't invent the Highway either, but he generally gets credit for creating the interstate-highway system (based on his view of how incredibly effective the autobahn functioned.)
 
2014-05-24 08:28:52 AM  

robohobo: Nadie_AZ: And anyone who actually did their homework would know he never said he invented the internet. But the intent was to get WWW.Bushsh*t elected, so whatever. It worked.

Wasn't it "I took the initiative in creating the internet"?


"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."
 
2014-05-24 06:51:16 PM  

Joe USer: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."


See also: the Gore Bill.

If it's good enough for Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, it's good enough for me.
 
2014-05-24 07:01:18 PM  
Gore did not invent the internet, nor did he claim to. BUT if it weren't for his Congressional efforts it's current state would likely look something like it did in 1995. Deal with it.
 
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