Based on his victory speech Tuesday night, I’m curious as to when Gabriel Gomez thinks the Internet first started “existing.”
Based on a transcript I saw over at Red Mass Group, Gomez Tuesday night claimed that in 1976 (when Ed Markey started his career in public service), “the Internet did not yet exist.”
Like many people who have been following the tech industry for several decades, I consider “the Internet” to be a somewhat gradual evolution from ARPANET (late ’60s) to the Internet. Open-architecture “Internetting” work started in the early ’70s. ARPANET and email were demonstrated publicly in 1972.
Tech folks out there: When would you say the Internet first existed? Am I just nitpicking here? (If so, sorry, but I do love computer history.)
Maybe he thinks it’s not the Internet until, oh, it switched protocols to tcp? I think that was sometime in the early ’80s. Or, as I’m now starting to wonder, does he not know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web?
In any case, I’m also curious as to why Gomez thinks it wise to ridicule the fact that someone has had a lengthy career. Is it really good strategy to piss off a whole bunch of voters over the age of 50 within hours of winning the nomination?