Commentary is spreading across the Web after U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens described the Internet as a "series of tubes" during a debate on net neutrality June 28.Stevens, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, was speaking perhaps metaphorically during a rambling argument against a net neutrality amendment to a broadband bill. Stevens\u2019 apparent point: The Internet could be easily clogged with junk, and broadband providers should be able separate their own content from streaming video and huge personal e-mail files.In part, Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said: "The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It\u2019s not a big truck. It\u2019s a series of tubes."Stevens continued: "And if you don\u2019t understand that those tubes can be filled, and if they\u2019re filled when you put your message in it, it gets in line, it\u2019s gonna be delayed by anyone who puts into that tube enormous amounts of material." Stevens went on to say that his staff sent him an "Internet" that was apparently delayed by Net congestion. (He may have meant that his staff sent him an e-mail.)On an 11-11 vote, the committee rejected the amendment, which would have prevented broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast from charging extra based on the type of content transmitted by Internet-based companies.Stevens\u2019 underlying point hasn\u2019t stopped a series of parodies from popping up on the Internet. Earlier this week, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart broadcast Stevens\u2019 remarks. Stevens, who is noted for making impassioned arguments in the Senate, is a frequent target of Stewart jokes, and Stewart suggested this week Stevens doesn\u2019t understand the Internet.Stewart\u2019s riff on net neutrality is on YouTube.com. (Warning: Stewart uses a bit of off-color humor, as is usual for him.)Stevens is also parodied in a techno dance mix making the rounds on the Internet. The speech, set to music, is available here.A bit of controversy erupted this week when the blog and community website MySpace.com, owned by conservative businessman Rupert Murdoch, pulled another song parody, but the song was back on the site as of Thursday. That song, kind of a folk-music tribute to Stevens, is available here.If that\u2019s not enough political parody for you, do a Google search on Ted Stevens and "series of tubes" and find out what the bloggers are saying. A Stevens spokesman didn\u2019t have an immediate comment on the parodies.-Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)Related Links:\n\nBattle Lines Drawn over Net Neutrality\n\nGoogle: Bill Could Lead to Antitrust Complaints\n\nSenate Panel Rejects Net NeutralityCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.