If you spent any time in red state territory circa 1999, you’ll remember a favorite laugh line: Not only does Al Gore think he inspired Love Story (nothing to take credit for, by the way), he wants to take credit for the existence of the Internet itself! Cue knee-slaps.
Well, this morning comes a little sweet, sweet vindication, because Al Gore is now a member of the Internet Hall of Fame, which apparently is something that exists. He’s listed as a “global connector,” or someone who supported the network’s growth. Take that, Rush Limbaugh!
The organization does honor some unquestionably important individuals, like Paul Baran, Vint Cerf, and Tim Berners-Lee, who laid the groundwork for the industry-disrupting, meme-generating beast that we now know and love and (sometimes) loathe. But there’s also something bizarro about creating such an old-fashioned institution for something that tends to undermine would-be gatekeepers at every turn.
Besides, when will society recognize something of real importance, namely the imminent dangers posed by the greatest threat of our time: manbearpig?