Well this has nothing to do with Linux, but I though I need to set some record straight and perhaps inform the readers of this blog who might not know about this. Today I had an argument with a friend of mine who believes Al Gore claimed he “invented” the internet; what bothered me was that there were others who were taking his side in support of this claim. We had to settle this argument by going to snoped.com, a popular Urban legen referance guide on the internet.
While I am not a vehement supporter of Al Gore, but I think, for the sake of sanity truth must be told.
From Snopes website: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp
Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he “invented” the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. The “Al Gore said he ‘invented’ the Internet” put-downs were misleading, out-of-context distortions of something he said during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “Late Edition” program on
9 March1999. When asked to describe what distinguished him from his challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Gore replied (in part):
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.
Clearly, although Gore’s phrasing was clumsy (and perhaps self-serving), he was not claiming that he “invented” the Internet (in the sense of having designed or implemented it), but that he was responsible, in an economic and legislative sense, for fostering the development the technology that we now know as the Internet. To claim that Gore was seriously trying to take credit for the “invention” of the Internet is, frankly, just silly political posturing that arose out of a close presidential campaign. Gore never used the word “invent,” and the words “create” and “invent” have distinctly different meanings — the former is used in the sense of “to bring about” or “to bring into existence” while the latter is generally used to signify the first instance of someone’s thinking up or implementing an idea. (To those who say the words “create” and “invent” mean exactly the same thing, we have to ask why, then, the media overwhelmingly and consistently cited Gore as having claimed he “invented” the Internet, even though he never used that word, and transcripts of what he actually said were readily available.)
Also check out the wikipedia entry on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore’s_contributions_to_the_Internet_and_technology#1999_CNN_interview