Is it a Toaster or a Series of Tubes?

Senator Ted Stevens thinks Internet is a series of tubes. He said it himself last year.

[…] 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. 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 it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material

According to the Wikipedia he is also the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.


Matthew Yarro, VP Marketing for the CP80 Foundation, thinks that Internet is a toaster! and he wants to fix it and control it.

“There is this assumption that you can’t control it (the Internet),” Yarro said. “It’s a toaster, we made it, we can fix it. … We can solve the Internet pornography problem tomorrow if we decided to.”

I think Internet is a collection of interconnected computer networks. It is distributed and diverse by nature, and cannot be controlled and dictated by an entity from the top. What computers do, computers can undo, which is exactly why top notch dictators such as China or Iran spend tons of resources and still have a difficult time censoring the Internet. Internet by nature is democratic. An element of control and locking mechanism placed today by a small group of people, can only withstand for so long the wisdom of millions who attempt to crack it.

Politicians would wish if Internet was just a series of tubes or a Toaster, so they’d have had an easier time understanding the nature of it.

[tags] Matthew Yarro, Ted Stevens, series of tubes, internet porn, cp80, funny, humor [/tags]