The internet is among a record 237 individuals and organisations nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The number of nominations surpasses last year’s record of 205 nominations.
The internet’s nomination has been championed by the Italian version of Wired magazine for helping advance “dialogue, debate and consensus”.
Sure, Al Gore’s creation has allowed humanity to instantaneously expose and thwart crimes in all parts of the world, but it’s also been used to help organize terrorist attacks, lure kids into abductions and to convince idiots to send their life savings to Nigeria. However, if Yasser Arafat, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter are deserving of a Peace Prize, the internet is too.
In actuality, the internet is simply a tool, and as such amounts to nothing without users. Giving a peace prize to the internet would be like giving the “Auto Mechanic of the Year” award to a monkey wrench.
If the internet wins, we may hear the following introduction at the award ceremony: “Congratulations on your Peace Prize, Internet. While the rest of us were laughing at your ‘i can has cheezburger’ cat pictures, mocking you with weird nicknames like ‘Intarwebs,’ falling for hoax emails and forwarding them in a panic to everybody in our address books, downloading naked photos of Alyssa Milano and laughing at viral YouTube videos on company time, you were off saving the world. A high-speed salute!”