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Al Gore to Receive Internet Achievement Award

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the no-invented-the-internet-jokes-please dept.

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whoever57 writes "The folks behind the Webby Awards want to 'set the record straight' regarding Al Gore's contributions to the Internet. They plan to give him a Lifetime Achievement award. 'It's just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess...'"

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Information Superhighway (5, Funny)

Anonymousse Custard (864188) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442229)

Thus spake the article:

He popularized the term "information superhighway" as vice president.

I guess he thought "free porn pipeline" wouldn't be as catchy.

Re:Information Superhighway (3, Funny)

Craig_P92669 (875776) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442310)

I guess he thought "free porn pipeline" wouldn't be as catchy.

No, his boss already copyrighted that one.

Re:Information Superhighway (-1, Flamebait)

kpwoodr (306527) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442373)

Jay: What the fuck is the internet?

Holden McNeil: The internet is a communications tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.


If I remember correctly Al's original quote was "I took the initiative in inventing the internet." It's amazing how one man can take the credit for the work of hundres of others when something good happens. When something bad happens, no one takes credit, and the president gets blamed.

Re:Information Superhighway (5, Insightful)

PsychicX (866028) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442423)

He's not taking credit for creating the internet, although people are trying to falsely pin it on him. But as far as the legislative and government side is concerned with the internet, he was the primary drive and power behind it. And considering all of you (and me) are internet addicts, doing silly things like posting on slashdot, I think maybe we owe him a bit of thanks.

Re:Information Superhighway (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442447)

Didn't Al Gore want to put the Internet in a "lock box"?

Re:Information Superhighway (5, Informative)

kv9 (697238) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442430)

If I remember correctly Al's original quote was "I took the initiative in inventing the internet."

what if you dont [snopes.com] ? :]

Re:Information Superhighway (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442403)

A quote from the average person: "I thought the internet was invented by AOL or Microsoft (Internet Explorer). Now excuse me while I open this attachment from someone I don't know."

Re:Information Superhighway (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442476)

It isnt a secret- if you post something pro democrats or anti-U.S., you get modded up... If you post anything pro-U.S. or pre Bush, you get modded down, way down...

frist can eat my shorts (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442230)

eat that you republican zombies.

for inventing the internet (0, Troll)

SolusSD (680489) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442233)

damn straight he deserves an award!!!

Re:for inventing the internet (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442257)

Captain! Good to see you sailing the seas of cheese today!

Re:for inventing the internet (4, Insightful)

gowen (141411) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442269)

Talk about completely missing the point of this award. It's being given precisely to counter those juvenile jibes. (American politics reduced to juvenile jibes? Thats unpossible!?!

Man, you must've really wanted that first post.

Compile Error(s) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442368)

Your comment won't compile for me.. something about a missing closing bracket.

Please post a revised comment.

This post goes out to the humour-impaired. (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442370)


Talk about completely missing the point of this joke. It's being posted precisely to counter humourless killjoys like yourself. (Slashdot reduced to humourless killjoys? That's (sic)unpossible!?!

Man, you must've really wanted to boss someone around.

Re:for inventing the internet (1)

ranson (824789) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442274)

come on now. George Dubbya knows, he didn't invent the internet, he invented the "internets" :-)

Re:for inventing the internet (0, Redundant)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442322)


I don't really know how much he's going to appreciate this award...being Emperor of the Moon and all...

He invented it (-1, Troll)

lordsali256 (769585) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442241)

After all he invented it....

Re:He invented it (1, Troll)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442321)

nope he said:

I took the initiative in creating the Internet

not exactly the same things, but still it could be taken as misleading.

Re:He invented it (3, Insightful)

SpryGuy (206254) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442394)

What was misleading was the DELIBERATE spin that Rush Limbaugh put on it, when he seized on Gore's legitimate and truthful statement that he took the initiative in creating the Internet in order to ridicule Gore. The lie that Gore said "I invented the internet" was a mendatious meme that spread like wild-fire, unfortunately, fanned on by the right-wing media and their aggressive deception campaign.

This award is too little, too late, but at least it's some mild exoneration for him. Still, I doubt the erronious meme will die any time soon.

Re:He invented it (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442489)

"The lie that Gore said "I invented the internet" was a mendatious meme that spread like wild-fire, unfortunately, fanned on by the right-wing media and their aggressive deception campaign."

But even if he didn't say it, it's the kind of thing he _would_ have said, given half a chance :).

chadtastic (-1, Flamebait)

bloodredsun (826017) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442246)

did he demand a recount on the vote?

Re:chadtastic (-1, Flamebait)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442306)

did he demand a recount on the vote?

better to try and solve your political problems with a recount than an invasion...

Re:chadtastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442343)

true, and if that doesn't work you can always run home crying and tell mommy about all those meanies.

Re:chadtastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442315)

He did, but there was only one vote cast; I wonder who?

Re:chadtastic (-1, Offtopic)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442389)

No. The Supreme Court decided to stop the recount, because after all, they've been friends for a long time and go way back.

Scratch your back if you scratch mine.

Such amazing work (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442253)

That he couldn't even carry his own state in the presidential election.

Internets (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442256)

Sure, he invented the internet. But, did he invent the internets?

In other news... (4, Insightful)

mathmatt (851301) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442259)

Tim Berners-Lee [bbc.co.uk] is to receive an award for his contributions to US politics.

Re:In other news... (4, Insightful)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442369)

I think Phil Zimmermann [wikipedia.org] would be a more apt recipient for that award. PGP [wikipedia.org] gave the US govt fits the the better part of a decade. Made them redefine their stance on technology as a strategic weapon.

Re:In other news... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442481)

I know it's a "Funny", but FTFA:

Vint Cerf, undisputedly one of the Internet's key inventors, will give Gore the award at a June 6 ceremony in New York.


If Cerf is giving the award personally, than he agrees Gore should get the award, unless this is some kinda of wierd political scratch his back and he'll scratch his doo-hicky.

Wow! (5, Insightful)

computerme (655703) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442263)

I wish I had mod points right now... I have a feeling that the tired , old, and WRONG "He said he invented the internet" phrase is going to be posted here a lot.

For the record, He said no such thing. He did help to focus attention on it while in the Senate. More so than any other politician at the time...

Give him his due.

Re:Wow! (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442313)

He didn't claim to INVENT the internet, but he did say, "...I took the incentive in creating the internet." A bit different, but it often gets spun off into saying he invented it. Probably more a poor choice of words than anything.

Re:Wow! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442324)

You're right, he did not say "Invent". His quote is thus:

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.

Thanks Al for CREATING the internet!

Re:Wow! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442346)

I suppose this CNN transcript is false then:


Partial Transcript of CNN Interview
BLITZER: "Why should Democrats, looks at the Democratic nomination, the process, support you instead of Bill Bradley -- a friend of yours, a former colleague in the Senate -- what do you have to bring to this that he doesn't necessarily bring to this process?"

GORE: "Well, I will -- I'll be offering my vision when my campaign begins, and it'll be comprehensive and sweeping, and I hope that it'll be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will be. But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I've traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."


Anyone know for sure?

Re:Wow! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442459)

This statement is true: Al Gore took the initiative in creating the Internet

This statement is false: Al Gore invented the internet

If you do not understand the distinction, then the problem is yours. What Gore did had nothing to do with inventing and implementing the protocols or the hardware involved... and everything to do with legislation that created the Internet from the previous DARPANet and funded it for use by universities.

Read Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them" for a full essay on what Gore really said, why it's perfectly true, how and who twisted Gore's words into a lie, and how they pushed the lie to paint Gore as an exaggerator and liar for political gain.

Re:Wow! (2, Insightful)

cuzality (696718) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442395)


You're right! The exact quote [snopes.com] (from the unquestionably reputable Snopes.com):
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
Of course, Snopes goes on to say that "...it's hard to find any specific action of Gore's (such as his sponsoring a Congressional bill or championing a particular piece of legislation) that one could claim helped bring the Internet into being, much less validate Gore's statement of having taken the "initiative in creating the Internet."" But don't let that bother you -- after all, the entire premise of the Clinton administration was they wanted to be judged on how much they cared about people's problems, not what they could accomplish towards solving them. Gore undoubtedly gave many fine speeches talking about how important technology is (I just wish we could find a record of them), therefore he should get the credit for the Internet -- simple as that!

Re:Wow! (5, Interesting)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442478)

It's really sad. I've been following Snopes for about 13 years. We had a couple nice debates on Usenet :)

Over the years, he has become less and less objective and inserts his falsely-relevant Republican views into his articles more and more. A couple times he has even appologized for his poltical grandstanding and editied the articles.

Snopes is losing his reputation.

Re:Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442410)

What he did say was that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet."

Whether he used the word "invent" or "create", he did neither.

This award is as meaningless as Al Gore's political career. He's never going to live down that quote, and I intend to do my part to ensure that he doesn't.

Re:Wow! (1)

SoccerManUNLV (827697) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442432)

Al gore didn't invent the internet, your momma did. Al Gore is THE DEVIL!!!! You playin da fussball again boy? Copyright "The Waterboy" and Adam Sandler.

Thanks Al (2, Funny)

mfh (56) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442265)

Al, thanks for inventing the internet, but I would like to ask for $100mil in damages from you for wasting all my time on Slashdot and these terrific/horrible online games I keep getting sucked into. My life in the fishtank isn't that bad, though... OTOH -- I make my living on this here thing, and I don't have to worry about rush hour traffic anymore because of telecommuting, so maybe we are even after all.

Give him the award, but tape his mouth shut when he receives it.

Re:Thanks Al (3, Insightful)

Dot.Com.CEO (624226) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442316)

Thus spoke the guy who actually paid real money to get a low UID.

Re:Thanks Al (1, Offtopic)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442408)

And what does that have to do with the comment? He wanted a low UID so he got one. Who gives a rip? If you have something to say about what he wrote than say say it. Slashdot has a high enough noise to signal ratio without pissing matches over UIDs.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442418)

To everyone not understanding the parent's reference, mfh actually bought the uid from its previous owner. How much of a loser can you be?

Feel free to put him on your foes' list, an individual who actually spends money to DECEIVE slashdot cannot ever say anything worth listening.

Re:Thanks Al (1)

Ed_Moyse (171820) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442443)

I thought UID's were given strictly in the order you signed up? Could you actually buy low UIDs... if so, that is deeply weird than anyone would care enough to do it!

but of course... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442281)

Yeah...but his party NEVER spins anything into a political mess. It's all those other guys.

C'mon...this is Slashdot. Who's with me?

And in other news... (-1, Offtopic)

MikeMacK (788889) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442282)

And in other news Paul Bremer to receive Medal of Freedom for job done in Iraq... Oh wait...

Deserving (0, Flamebait)

bananahead (829691) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442284)

I simply cannot think of ANYONE more deserving of a 'Webby Award' than Al Gore.

By the way, he already has one, but it was issued by the 'Be Your Own Best Friend' group, co-sponsered by Kleenex.

Original Quote (5, Informative)

pyro101 (564166) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442285)

Gore never claimed that he "invented" the Internet, which implies that he engineered the technology. The invention occurred in the seventies and allowed scientists in the Defense Department to communicate with each other. In a March 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gore said, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

creating the webternets (1)

msbmsb (871828) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442387)

True, but is the real quote that much different? 'Taking the initiative in creating' is just as misleading.

Re:Original Quote (2, Informative)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442426)

And, as somehow needs to get pointed out every time someone offers this "clarification" -- what he did say is also completely false.

Re:Original Quote (1)

pyro101 (564166) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442457)

I agree that his statement is a false arrogant thing to say. But it is still different then the other things people are saying. If you are going to mock somebody at least don't make yourself look stupid in the process.

Re:Original Quote (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442479)

Oh, and anyway...having this dispute for the bajillionth time obscures what the real story is:

No one cares about the Webby Awards anymore, so they resort to a stupid PR stunt. Al Gore, whom no one cares about anymore either, has sufficient free time to play along.

Re:Original Quote (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442501)

No, it isn't false. He championed leglisation and pushed through funding and had the vision to see the Internet as its potential to connect the country and the people of this country. He advocated "the information super-highway" long before anyone in the general population had a clue. He played a very real part in helping to 'create' the internet. What he said is truthful and defensible.

The Rush Limbaugh-fueled lie that he claimed to have 'invented' the internet was just part of a huge right-wing smear campaign of deceptions and lies in order to tear down a good man so they could install their petty little dictator.

Re:Original Quote (1)

ChaosCube (862389) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442434)

But can you not see the striking similarities between the two statements? Invent vs. Create? There's not much difference if you look at it that way. By looking at the whole quote, and more responsibly, looking at the whole interview, there may be the opportunity to get a different impression. However, I think it is fairly easy to take that one quote and innocently warp it into inventing the interwebs.

Re:Original Quote (1)

oni (41625) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442458)

It's true that this is heavily politicized, but don't make the mistake of thinking that everyone who ridicules Gore for this remark is doing so for political reasons.

look closely at what he said:

"I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

He makes it sound like everyone was just sitting around and then he showed up and said, "hey all you lazy computer nerds, follow my leadership and let's build us an Internet!"

It's a kind of sentiment that geeks are all too familiar with. I spent months staying up late at night, rewriting old web pages to make them validate with the w3c. My boss had no clue what that even meant. He was often heard to say, "as long as it works in internet explorer, that's all that matters." I'm the one who wanted standards compliance. I'm the one who worked for it. I'm the one who made it happen.

And then I see in our quarterly report, "*we* took great steps toward standards compliance"

Who's we?

I think that's the sentiment that a lot of people feel when they hear a politician take credit for something. They just know he doesn't deserve it. What Gore should have said is something along the lines of, "I've always been very supportive of technology initiatives, for example (and then list some)." Don't give me this, "I took the initiative" BS.

And by the way, I think that Gore would have made a great president.

sarcasm tags? (1)

SavoWood (650474) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442289)

Do you think we can get some sarcasm tags going here? It's hard to tell if the "he invented it" comments are trolling or being funny. I'm really glad I don't have any mod points right now. This stuff makes a moderator's job really difficult. But of course, now that I've posted here, I'll get another set, and since I've posted here, I won't be able to mod this thread, so problem solved. =-)

Re:sarcasm tags? (2, Funny)

cuzality (696718) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442453)

Parent's right -- c'mon guys, use sarcasm tags ! Nobody can tell if you're being sarcastic or not without them!

polarized (4, Insightful)

bwy (726112) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442294)

'It's just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess...'

It is amazing how polarized our society is. Half the folks will agree with this and half will disagree. Most will be very strong in their beliefs one way or another. It amazes me sometime that we can all work and live together in a fairly civil manner, with such conflicting views. Perhaps, considering this, we deserve more credit that we are given.

Re:polarized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442347)

I prefer the south polar region, myself...

Re:polarized (2, Funny)

DanielMarkham (765899) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442386)

"...It is amazing how polarized our society is. Half the folks will agree with this and half will disagree..."

Oh I completely disagree with that. It's more like 52.7% of the people will agree with that. You couldn't be more wrong. We're a very agreeable society. Of course we are. Right?

Re:polarized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442390)

WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! Hold up there cowboy! I'll be damned if you go around preaching tolerance here on /. , that's not how this place works. We just sit around and taunt each other and tell everyone how wrong they are, that's the way it is and that's the way we like it!

I'd like to introduce... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442295)

Al Gore, inventor of the internet, chief architect of internet2 and joke butt of the 2000 political season. All hail the strongbox!

Re:I'd like to introduce... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442334)

Laugh all you want, but I'm deeply comforted by simple metaphors and tales of small-town heroes.

Which internets ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442297)


said George Bush whilst toking on his bong

Oblig Quote (5, Funny)

gik (256327) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442304)

"If Al Gore invented the internet, I invented spell check."
-Dan Quayle :)

Gore may have been a little confused (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442308)

Upon receiving the award, he raised his right hand.

"I, Albert Gore, do solemly swear to uphold the ...."

He was dragged from the stage, yelling "recount! recount! I demand a recount!"

oh god.. (3, Funny)

biz0r (656300) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442318)

Now countless /.'ers have a not-so-great excuse to repeat the ever so way over-done Al Gore Internet quote that I refuse to regurgitate myself.

Did someone post this JUST so they could make that joke a 1000 times?

Re:oh god.. (1)

gmletzkojr (768460) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442435)

Actually, I tried to post it just for the joke, but whoever57 seems to have beat me to it....
Which leads me to a question - where there 56 other 'whoever's already signed up?

Re:oh god.. (1)

part_of_you (859291) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442482)

Dude, if you regurgitated yourself over something Al Gore did, that would just make Bush so happy.

Please don't do it.

I am not a Republican... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442333)

...and have never voted republican at the presidential level, so don't accuse me of being partisan. Whatever Al Gore as claimed is the overblown ravings of a politician who takes credit where none is due. Politicians from the left and right make claims like this all the time. Bureaucrats really believe that their meetings and pronouncements really make a difference, but the internet had all it needed to get started without him. Save your lefty awards for someone who deserves them. The Webby's are just an example of a San Fran media circle jerk. They have precious little credibility, and even less with bogus awards like this.

An appropriate award (2, Interesting)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442344)

We all know that Al Gore misspoke when he said he invented the Internet.

But truth be told, Al Gore did more to bolster the internet then any other politician. Without his work, it's doubtful that many people outside the scientific, academic & military community would be using the Internet today.

There are also many private citizens who did a ton of work to bolster the Internet. Many of them deserve awards too.

And for the record, I voted for Nader. I lost faith in Gore and the Democrats, but I still like alot of the work that Gore did before he became VP. It's sad that he shut up during his 8 year run as VP.

Re:An appropriate award (1)

mrmagos (783752) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442467)

I don't think its so much that he shutup, rather he was so hard to hear over Clinton. Or, more appropriately, all the "news" about what Clinton had done...

Re:An appropriate award (2, Insightful)

spells (203251) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442488)

But truth be told, Al Gore did more to bolster the internet then any other politician

So says Al Gore. Care to provide some links to legislation or initiatives he sponsored? Thanks.

Re:An appropriate award (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442493)

No, he was just misquoted.

Re:An appropriate award (1)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442498)

No offense to former VP Gore, but I think Jerry Yang and David Milo would bear far more credit for the explosion of the Internet outside of those realms than Gore could ever have contributed. Yahoo! was one of those magical websites in it early days which really tied the web together. A portal before the term was even coined.

Citation please? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12442502)

Can you specifically cite all of the things Al Gore has done that gives him individual distinguishment in the 'initiative' to 'create' the Internet?

I see how this works. (-1, Redundant)

Mustang Matt (133426) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442349)

That's the most solid business plan I've ever seen!

1. Claim you invented the internet.
2. Receive award!
3. PROFIT!!!

Where's the fun in that? (2, Insightful)

eSims (723865) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442356)

For the record, He said no such thing.

Maybe he didn't say it... but you have to admit that it has been the source of almost endless humour. Come on, admit it! Gore is a Bore! But spin the facts a bit and it's downright entertaining.

Just goes to show that people are more interested in entertainment that truth. Pretty pathetic really...

Amazing??? (0, Troll)

ChaosCube (862389) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442359)

I refused to RTFA one I read the phrase "amazing work". Granted, I did not follow his career or his voting record with religious rigor, but I believe that he did nothing besides look like an ass. Politically, he supported some pretty wacked out initiatives. Remember his comments/platform during his prez campaign? What about him whining for a recount? I don't like GWB, but I hate whiners. Even though Kerry could have called for similar measures due to the voting issues in Ohio and Florida(?), he showed a wee bit of class.

Forgive me if I'm trolling a bit. I just read the headline and thought, "WTF?!?"

You can't forget the patented Al-Gore-ithm in 2000 (-1, Troll)

cecil36 (104730) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442377)

while (!President)
{
recount(votes, "Florida");
whine();
sue("Republicans");
}

and when executed
"Segmentation fault (Gore dumped)"

This just in ... (-1, Offtopic)

tbone1 (309237) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442393)

In a related story, the Detroit Pistons have been named the Most Fan-Friendly Franschise in pro sports. Who else brings you so close to so much action?

Sincerely,
A bitter Pacers fan

Where.. (2, Funny)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442399)

Where's the award for Google? They truely helped the internet after the bubble burst. There's very very few people who arein the business and don't wish they could work for them. What you expected a slashdot story without a Google comment?

While he was busy... (5, Funny)

NixLuver (693391) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442406)

Inventing the internet, do you think he might have spent a LITTLE more time dealing the the /. effect? Remember, Al is they guy that lots of people didn't vote for because he was "too smart". *sigh* Instead, we deprived some poor villiage in Texas the use of their idiot for eight long years.

Might we agree that... (4, Insightful)

Sprotch (832431) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442427)

The phrase "[d]uring my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." appears spun to make it seem like he was responsible for the Internet's existence?

Obviously that's a long stretch from claiming to have invented it, however it seems obvious that Gore was impliedly trying to get the credit for the Internet's existence. It's bad spin that backfired...

Who did he pay off? (-1, Flamebait)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442440)

Al Gore in 2000: "I invented the Internet." Al Gore in 2005: "You see, I told you so." Al Gore in 2008: "I invented Wifi. If you don't believe me, just wait until I get an award for it"

this is a joke right? (-1, Troll)

Squeezer (132342) | more than 8 years ago | (#12442442)

al gore saying he invented the internet is just plain funny. and getting an award for it either means the award givers are either playing on the humor or are complete asses.
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