4 responses to “Al Gore. He invented the Internet. You know he did.”
you never realize how much that statement / spin affected gore’s political capital, until you think about your own reaction to the line.
i heard it when i was at tripod in ’99 (while i was still a registered dem) and bought the spin hook, line and sinker. i remember being in the tech department, laughing with developers over the ridiculous claim this life-long politician made…
i still voted for him in 2000, but thanks to the spin, i didn’t realize *just how forward-thinking* gore actually was until the last few years…
media does matter.
Sean: Your reaction is precisely why this story is so tragic. Lots of left-leaning tech people really took offense at the purported claim, and it added a lot of fuel to Gore’s admittedly-somewhat-deserved reputation for exaggeration. Still, as they say, it’s not bragging if it’s true.
And exaggeration works both ways. It has recently come out that, in fact, George W. Bush does not speak “fluent” Spanish at all, something that every journalist also simply accepted at face value.
george bush doesn’t speak fluent english at all… how the heck could he consistently conjugate verbs in a foreign language?
as for gore, i’d rather see him keep building things like current.tv than become handcuffed and frustrated in office… though i really can’t think of a better candidate for president.