series of tubes

ok. apprently i’m behind the times. apparently, it’s already old news that the internet is a series of tubes. my lack of knowledge of the series of tubes phenomenon can only be explained by positing that those tubes got clogged and my personal internet did not arrive until this morning.

that’s right ladies and gentlemen, i am joining the blogging REVOLUTION and writing YET ANOTHER blog post on this SERIES OF TUBES we call the internet about the internet being a series of tubes. if your personal internet has been clogged as well, and you are not familiar with the “series of tubes” phenomenon, i will explain. there’s the net neutrality amendment, which has been debated for a while. it failed at a dead heat, neither side got a majority vote. preceeding this, alaskan senator ted stevens explained the internet so a layman could understand:

There’s one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn’t going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially…

You’re asking now that to tell people who do have these systems that they can not ask that someone pay for the increased capability provided for what — for business. I don’t have to have that kind of speed they’re talking about, in terms of speeds that they’re going to put in the internet. But people who are streaming through 10, 12 movies at a time or a whole book at a time for… consumers… those are not you and me, those are not consumers, they’re the providers. And those people who provide these things and use the internet for a delivery service, rather than for a concept of communication, that’s the difference…

Here we have a situation where enormous entities want to use the Internet for their purposes to save money for doing what they’re doing now. They use FedEx, they use the delivery services, they use the mail. They deliver it in other ways and they want to deliver it vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a 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 its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.


……..this is yet another example of the people who legislate these things have NO F—ING CLUE WHAT THE F— THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT!!!

This is why we need g33ks in politics like Pete frickin’ Ashdown to knock old, crotchety incumbents like Orrin Hatch (who a few years ago “propos[ed] that copyright owners should be able to destroy the computer equipment and information of those suspected of copyright infringement, including file sharing. In the face of criticism, especially from technology and privacy advocates, Hatch withdrew his suggestion days later, after it was discovered that Sen. Hatch’s official website was using an unlicensed JavaScript menu from United Kingdom based software developer Milonic Solutions.” -wiki As a side note, wiki also says this, in the article on Hatch: “One year later, he proposed the controversial INDUCE Act that attempted to make illegal all tools that could be used for copyright infringement. According to many critics, this act would effectively outlaw the internet and personal computers, giving unprecedented legal leverage to media companies.")

I will close with a few helpful and related links. Let’s hope your internet does not get clogged.

Pete Ashdown’s campaign wiki
Series of Tubes blog on ChezLark
Series of Tubes wiki




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