Senator Ted Stevens is getting body slammed on the "the Internets" for his embarrasingly Neanderthal comments about how cyberspace works (hint: something to do with tubes). Meanwhile, other people are framing a view of the Internet that is vastly more sophisticated. I’ve ordered Chris Anderson’s book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. Chris is the editor of Wired Magazine, obviously at the other end of a spectrum from Ted Stevens.
Howard Kurtz is a mainstream media guy, but he seems to get the potential power of the Internet to influence politics, especially a new phenomenon called You Tube. Eventually, we’ll all "get it." I’d like to be around to see Ted Stevens finally grasp the power of these ‘tubes’ that he thinks are at the heart of the Internet. George Bush should know about YouTube, well, actually he should know about a lot of things but you can’t teach a dumb dog much, especially about cybertubes.
Addendum: if you want to hear the eloquent Ted Stevens’ comments about the Internet, click here. One other thought. I love Robert Scoble, and I think he has some great observations about the development of technology. However, saying that HDTV will make soccer more popular in the United States is way over the top. Let’s all try to be realistic. To sum up: the internet is not a series of tubes, but, let’s also remember that technology is not going to make human beings suddenly become more open-minded.