Hoping to rehabilitate the image of robotic Al Gore, who failed to capitalizes on the long coattails of the most popular Democratic President since John Kennedy, the Webby’s plan to honor “Mr. Information Superhighway”, for giving a few speeches and voting on a bill or two…
Al Gore may have been lampooned for taking credit in the Internet’s development, but organizers of the Webby Awards for online achievements don’t find it funny at all.
In part to “set the record straight,” they will give Gore a lifetime achievement award for three decades of contributions to the Internet, said Tiffany Shlain, the awards’ founder and chairwoman.
“It’s just one of those instances someone did amazing work for three decades as congressman, senator and vice president and it got spun around into this political mess,” Shlain said.
Vint Cerf, undisputedly one of the Internet’s key inventors, will give Gore the award at a June 6 ceremony in New York.Cerf and Shlain have been trying to dig Gore out of this gaffe – “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” – for over half a decade, with little success. Contradicting the partisan claims of the Webby’s is Snopes‘ debunking of Gore’s claims creating (more commonly retold as ‘inventing’) the Internet.
Tom Elia, at The New Editor, wonders if this is the first act of the Al Gore Rehabilitation Project, in preparation for a 2008 Presidential run.
Just imagine the punditry fun if we’re lucky enough to get a Clinton, Gore, Kerry primary season…