by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jun 10th 2010 1:47pm
A few years back, you may remember, that former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens got a lot of attention for his infamous description of the internet as "a series of tubes," as part of a longer talk that repeatedly highlights that he didn't quite understand what he was regulating:
Given the number of folks in Australia who have been submitting this video of Australian Minister for Broadband, Stephen Conroy (the guy who wants to censor the internet in Australia), it appears that many down under feel that Conroy has had his "series of tubes" moment by talking about how computer users are getting "infected by these spams, or scams, that come through, the portal"
To be fair, in both cases, these politicians are extremely inarticulate in trying to make their point. Everyone has those moments. However, it does seem like this "spams or scams through the portal" quote is starting to go viral. When it comes to politicians who are supposed to be regulating the internet, you would think they'd sound a bit more prepared for not sounding like they have no idea what they're talking about.
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