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While he was once known for his talent as one of the web's most creative leaders, Mark Cuban today is better known for his childish outbursts on the basketball court.  (Source: AP)
Billionaire tries to outdo Michael Bay by delivering fiery speech against what he sees as dying online world

Famed internet-made billionaire and blogger Mark Cuban raised quite a stir this week when he announced dramatically, "The Internet’s dead. It’s over."  The comments made by Cuban at the CTAM summit will likely strike many as eerily familiar of Michael Bay's HD DVD trashing rants.

Cuban became a billionaire when he sold, originally Audionet, to Yahoo for $5.7B.  Cuban built into an online powerhouse after co-founding it with earnings from the sale of his company MicroSolutions in the 80s, an early reseller of Lotus Notes. at its peak featured 420 radio stations and networks; 56 TV stations and cable networks; and live game coverage of over 450 college and professional teams. 

He used his wealth to buy the Dallas Mavericks and while a blogger himself, has recently taken a rather scornful attitude to the internet, which made him wealthy.  He recently created a stir when he became the first team owner to ban bloggers from an NBA locker room.

At the CTAM conference, Cuban's new anti-internet sentiment became vitriolic.  He addressed the panel which consisted of cable systems providers stating, "The Internet’s for old people."

Cuban claims the internet has stagnated and that the only new invention on the internet was YouTube.  Cuban, however, went to argue that YouTube is nothing more than a sham based on copyright infringement and represents little real creativity.  Cuban feels that cable and satellite networks have overtaken the internet in providing complex interactive services.  Cuban says he once thought the internet would be superior for providing such services, but remarks, "I was wrong."

He points to the openness of collections of cable networks versus networks built by telephone companies like Verizon, which are stymied by problems talking to each other.  Cuban envisions cable services offering users suites of office applications or other complex utilities, something he says would allow them to leverage their superiority to "outgoogle” Google.

While Cuban believes strongly that cable intranets are superior to internet, most experts think his claims are very off base.  They state that his proposed cable systems applications sound remarkably similar to the cable television network flop @Home, which attempted to market a higher-speed "private" internet, that was separate from the normal internet.

While Cuban is known for a flare for histrionics and outbursts, his collected, deliberate speech about his animosity for the internet is sure to stir up a great deal of controversy. 

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By bplewis24 on 3/28/2008 3:48:17 PM , Rating: 5
What's an internet? These young kids and their crazy new-fangled ideas.


RE: Internet?
By System48 on 3/28/2008 3:54:01 PM , Rating: 5
"the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes."

RE: Internet?
By walk2k on 3/28/2008 6:34:27 PM , Rating: 5
my staff sent me internet on friday, why did I just get it today?

RE: Internet?
By Zurtex on 3/29/2008 9:37:34 AM , Rating: 4
And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

RE: Internet?
By geeg on 3/29/2008 12:06:03 PM , Rating: 5
The guy's intercom explorer must have caused a segmentation fault.

RE: Internet?
By aharris on 3/31/2008 11:52:55 AM , Rating: 2
Umm, my internet tolld me to press the "Any" key. WHere dO I find this? Pleese somebody help mee! I hate the inarnets alredy and I just started useing it!

(I won't torment people with all caps)

RE: Internet?
By exanimas on 4/2/2008 5:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
I had that problem before with my intratewbz, all the computing made me thirsty so I tried to order a Tab, but before that happened the computer started.

RE: Internet?
By bighairycamel on 3/28/2008 4:02:58 PM , Rating: 5
I use it (the internets) whenever I need a laugh. All I need to do is go to YouTube and type in Cuban AND "Dancing with Stars".

RE: Internet?
By mmntech on 3/28/2008 4:21:00 PM , Rating: 5
Just like those new fangled talking pictures. They'll never catch on.

I wonder how Al Gore feels about Mr Cuban dumping on his invention.

RE: Internet?
By ObiDon on 3/28/2008 4:31:03 PM , Rating: 5
damn it!
*logs off and goes outside*

RE: Internet?
By hcetyliad on 4/7/2008 12:40:06 AM , Rating: 2
Horseless carriage? Lets keep making buggie whips.

RE: Internet?
By Cygni on 3/28/2008 4:48:49 PM , Rating: 6
The internet Cuban made his billions on is dead, thats for sure. A place where you could have the same vague, semi useful idea as millions of other people, set up a shoddy service and get bought out by an excited venture capital firm for millions. That internet is dead.

The current internet? That people have in their cars, works, home offices, cable boxes, planes, and pockets? The thing that allows information sharing and contact on a global scale at a level never thought possible? That place is doing just fine, and isnt going anywhere unless its outright banned.

RE: Internet?
By bplewis24 on 3/28/2008 5:03:38 PM , Rating: 5
I have a feeling Mr. Cuban is going to get in the official's ear about giving you a technical foul ;)


RE: Internet?
By walk2k on 3/28/2008 5:54:14 PM , Rating: 5
Exactly. Cuban's venture capital toilet-flushing internet circa 1999 is dead, sure. What's left are companies that actually provide a useful service (or are popular enough to support themselves via banner ads anway... ie U-Tube).

RE: Internet?
By hcetyliad on 4/7/2008 12:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah. He better get Internet2 put down as well ...

Moving data 100 to 1000 times faster than Internet1 will just not keep it alive.

RE: Internet?
By dice1111 on 3/28/2008 6:47:06 PM , Rating: 5
*Back in the dial up days

"I called the internet once. The phone made a bad sound but the internet didn't answer. Hello? Hello internet???"

RE: Internet?
By EglsFly on 3/28/08, Rating: 0
RE: Internet?
By SlyNine on 3/28/2008 8:37:15 PM , Rating: 3
Lady brings in a 2.5 disk and askes her cable company to download the latest version of the internet to it.

RE: Internet?
By Bi0hazard on 3/29/2008 9:48:29 AM , Rating: 3
What's an internet? These young kids and their crazy new-fangled ideas.

The internet is a communications tool, used the world over, where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography.

RE: Internet?
By aharris on 3/31/2008 11:55:35 AM , Rating: 5
Ooo, don't talk bad about movies.

The MPAA and Scientologists might sue.

RE: Internet?
By Sulphademus on 3/31/2008 9:18:25 AM , Rating: 2
The internet?

That thing still around?

RE: Internet?
By spritle on 3/31/2008 5:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
I have high-speed cable, but don't see it on my tv. Even when I turn off the tv and turn it back on, it's not there.

By TimberJon on 3/28/2008 3:58:24 PM , Rating: 5
Gone off the deep end.

Fell off the rocker.

Jumped off Mt. Sane.

Fell off the stupid chair.

WtF is he talking about??

RE: Psycho!...
By uhgotnegum on 3/28/2008 4:33:27 PM , Rating: 5
If one falls off the "stupid chair," doesn't that make you smart? Or, is it the "stupid chair" that protects you from the stupid, which I guess is the floor?

An acceptable answer could include telling me where I'd be located relative to the chair given this comment.

RE: Psycho!...
By Darkefire on 3/28/2008 5:00:36 PM , Rating: 5
Apparently you're sitting in it.

RE: Psycho!...
By MrBlastman on 3/28/2008 5:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
The only things that protect you on the internet are the Pusher and Shover Robots.

They are here to protect you.

RE: Psycho!...
By uhgotnegum on 3/28/2008 5:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
The Shover Robot is malfunctioning...

You must not've known this. Please go stand by the stairs, so you can be protected.

In other words...
By theslug on 3/28/2008 4:11:02 PM , Rating: 5
his internet is dead. He needs to call his ISP.

RE: In other words...
By Skitchin on 3/28/2008 5:45:17 PM , Rating: 4
Holy shit, I just lol'ed at work!

RE: In other words...
By bplewis24 on 3/28/2008 6:16:06 PM , Rating: 3
Somebody probably sent him an internet with enormous amounts of material...they just clogged his tubes!


RE: In other words...
By djkrypplephite on 3/28/2008 10:14:48 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder if he checked his TCP/IP settings? Contacted his ISP? Who wants this dog?!

RE: In other words...
By JazzMang on 3/30/2008 1:16:53 AM , Rating: 2
ah Ollie.

He's just angry
By mikefarinha on 3/28/2008 4:00:36 PM , Rating: 5
He's just angry that he forgot his ISP logon info.

Once he gets that squared away and can check his email again he'll be fine.

RE: He's just angry
By wjobs55 on 3/28/2008 9:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I believe the main accessing point for his version of internet(prOn) which is below his gator-skin belt, is dead. Alas, he will never be fine. Probably not even the mighty Viagra will bring back his internet to life. That's why he's sooo angry and venting.

RE: He's just angry
By Sulphademus on 3/31/2008 9:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'd be pissed off too if I missed a BT raid.

He'll feel better...
By Sazar on 3/28/2008 5:30:05 PM , Rating: 4
When the Mavs start winning again and Dirk gets back.

RE: He'll feel better...
By 16nm on 3/28/2008 7:33:45 PM , Rating: 5
They've got to play Golden State and the Lakers in the next few days. If they don't start winning again then they will not make the playoffs and then Cuban really will be pissed off. He'll probably try to burn-down the Internet if that happens.

Internet is dead
By Jellodyne on 3/28/2008 3:53:23 PM , Rating: 5
Last one out please turn off the lights, thanks!

RE: Internet is dead
By hcetyliad on 4/7/2008 12:43:38 AM , Rating: 2
What light? He's decided those are dead as well.

Of Course!
By BMFPitt on 3/28/2008 3:59:33 PM , Rating: 3
Cuban feels that cable and satellite networks have overtaken the internet in providing complex interactive services. Cuban says he once thought the internet would be superior for providing such services, but remarks, "I was wrong."
So how do I go about playing games, buying stuff, and participating in flamewars over a cable or satellite network?

RE: Of Course!
By oab on 3/28/2008 4:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
So how do I go about playing games, buying stuff, and participating in flamewars over a cable or satellite network?

1) Jeopardy
2) The shopping channel, pay per view, VoD
3) those channels that show peoples text messages on a ticker at the bottom of the screen that people send in.

That and: cable/satellite networks can be used to access the internet .....

RE: Of Course!
By ObiDon on 3/28/2008 4:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
doesn't my internet (comcast) already arrive through a cable network?

finally, i'm at the FRONT of the technological wave!!!

Flawed Comparison
By jtemplin on 3/28/2008 4:52:19 PM , Rating: 4
Why compare to Michael Bay? Sure they both elicited some degree of outrate, but Michael Bay actually ended up being right--in the sense that the format he was dumping on is now dead. Obviously this guy is just ranting and the internet isn't going anywhere, so I find the comparison to be pretty baseless.

The internet is for old people? Sounds like he's just trying to get a rise out of people.

RE: Flawed Comparison
By BarkHumbug on 3/31/2008 8:01:55 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, Leave Michael Bay out of this! I think it was kinda stand-uppish of him to protest Paramounts decision to back HD-DVD exclusively.

"For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!"

Love it! :)

Like the Fonz
By oopyseohs on 3/28/2008 3:45:59 PM , Rating: 5
Mark Cuban has officially jumped the shark.

By DokGonzo on 3/28/2008 10:32:22 PM , Rating: 3
Who cares what Mark Cuban thinks, srsly.

RE: Huh?
By Zensen on 3/29/2008 1:38:34 AM , Rating: 2
I have a lot of money and I can say what I want. Is what this article shouts to me.

Hahah Yeah whatever mate! Tell you what, You can kiss my arse. And I'm saying that with a dollar on my desk, and that makes more sense than that spew of words coming out of a man who is too old for the internet!

"The internet is a tool for everyone, he is just a tool"
Quote that!

The Internet Says "Mark Cuban is DEAD"
By HumanX on 3/30/2008 1:44:38 PM , Rating: 2

nuff said

By DarkElfa on 3/30/2008 4:09:31 PM , Rating: 2
I use the web to learn and to share and to communicate and that only seems to be getting better. What this guy is saying is that there aren't enough great massive bank earning opportunities left and that is wrong as well.

Personally, I think his attitude is stagnant and he needs to take his loud, obnoxious ass back to the locker room.

he has money
By dickeywang on 3/31/2008 4:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
so he can say whatever he wants.

RE: he has money
By Makaveli on 3/31/2008 11:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
Is he on Smack?

By grenableu on 4/5/2008 10:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
and who is Mark Cuban again?

RE: Hrmph
By hcetyliad on 4/7/2008 12:08:42 AM , Rating: 2
I think he lives in Cuba. Internet is quite dead down there.

By TrueDego on 3/28/2008 3:54:37 PM , Rating: 3
Sounds like Mr. Cuban just ran head first into a brick wall before the conference. Instead of claiming that the "Internet" is dead, how about his credibility and his sanity. Just another billionaire spouting off about some random topic that proves we should ignore them all the more.

By Mithan on 3/28/2008 5:00:50 PM , Rating: 3

It IS dead, in a way
By aos007 on 3/28/08, Rating: 0
RE: It IS dead, in a way
By bplewis24 on 3/28/2008 6:21:27 PM , Rating: 3
I'd have to disagree with you. The interwebs are still growing and essentially becoming a more diversified product. What you're describing are flaws or drawbacks in it's growth.

And I could still buy a copy of a japanese game and import it to my doorstep, so I'm not really sure what you're referring to regarding the online shopping. If you're referring to regulation of online shopping...agains, that's just a byproduct of the ever-reaching globalization.


By cciesquare on 3/30/2008 2:51:14 AM , Rating: 3
Just like how his Dallas Mavericks are dead?

I kinda agree, in a sorta way
By sapiens74 on 3/28/2008 4:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
The Internet is on the cusp of something big, we just need more speed to make it happen

Uh oh.
By 67STANG on 3/28/2008 4:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
I better finish all of my client's web sites before they read this article.

Anyone else we should get this guy in the middle of a UFC ring with Al Gore? The inventor of the internet vs. the hater of the internet. We could call it "battle of the blowhards"....

Private networks
By RobberBaron on 3/28/2008 4:53:11 PM , Rating: 2
I can see private networks becoming mainstream. Look at all the wasted resources in businesses that combat attacks, virus issues, malware, etc.

Companies paying to be interconnected with private networks...I can see that.

Calling the Internet dead tho, its like saying QVC (or similar show) is going off the air.

One to many basketballs to head
By pomaikai on 3/28/2008 4:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
He used to be considered smart, but maybe he had one to many basketballs to the head. What he meant to say is I am out of ideas on what we could do to improve browsing the web. I would understand if he said that the PC based internet is dying. Because people want to be connected at all times. They want to be walking down the street while they download a new MP3. They want to just get online while sitting at there couch. We want everything interconnected. Record a show on Tivo and send it to a friends tivo that didnt record it.

The internet is getting bigger and better. The need for a PC to use it is what is going down.

Title should be
By Flunk on 3/28/2008 5:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think the title of this article should be "Mark Cuban loses touch with reality". Comparing this to Micheal Bay's comments on HD-DVD are insulting to Micheal Bay (yes, I really typed that). At least he had some evidence to back up his argument, the internet is not currently being outsold by private cable intranets. In fact it I recall, we already tried that at one point and it failed.

On an associated topic, Micheal Bay is still a lousy director.

By Suomynona on 3/28/2008 6:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
The Internet says "Mark Cuban is dead"
Just go check Wikipaedia :-)

This just reminds me of Neistche

on the one hand
By senbassador on 3/28/2008 8:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
on the one hand, Mark Cuban comes off as a nut on this.

On the other hand, notwithstanding being a self-made billionaire, he did once tell us his conspiracy theory that the NBA was rigged by the refs and got fined heavily for it by the NBA. Meanwhile like pretty much everyone thought he was a nutty conspiracy theorist. And then the NBA scandal about the crocked ref with a gambling problem who owed money to the mob came out who bet ON THE SAME GAMES HE REFFED. So....

Poor Cubes
By PWNettle on 3/28/2008 8:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
Cubes is just pissed because Dirk is hurt and his expensive toy (the mavericks) is lottery bound.

As wacko as Cuban is, it's kinda hard to believe he's made so much money, but I guess having that much money could make a person wacko too.

By phxfreddy on 3/29/2008 11:42:25 AM , Rating: 2
I read a brief bio on this guy. In it it was mentioned he put himself through 1 year of school with a chain letter. Since then its my opinion nothing has changed. With little content to add he simply runs his mouth open loop. Its really pretty easy not to like this guy. Strangely enough I think he's a democrat. Coincidence? You be the judge.

By crystal clear on 3/29/2008 1:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
While Cuban is known for a flare for histrionics and outbursts, his collected, deliberate speech about his animosity for the internet is sure to stir up a great deal of controversy.

No sir ! its business as usual-nothing is about to change in the near distant future.

He can continue to say what he likes,he just wants some press coverage for himself.

Got to remind people "Hey I am still around"

Till one day he will say-

"I was wrong."

By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2008 3:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
The thing about people who are full of themselves is they can never see past their over inflated self image. Cuban, nobody even knows wtf your talking about. Its clear you have a chronic behavior disorder, maybe bi-polar or something. Use some of those ill-gotten billions and buy some meds. And Bay, who cares what format your movies are on anyway ? They all suck. Spare us your dilutions of artistic concerns.


Mark Cuban is...
By root mean sq on 3/29/2008 5:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
... just angry nobody reads his blog. Sour gapres much?

It's just changing
By theubersmurf on 3/30/2008 12:17:57 AM , Rating: 2
It's not dead, the novelty has worn off and it's become mainstream. I think from his perspective, the possibility of earning billions off the internet is smaller, and therefore dead. I don't think so however, I think people's attitudes need to change and realize that many major ideas have already been implemented, and it will be a little mundane. Which I think it needs.


April 1st
By numbnuts on 3/30/2008 5:16:45 AM , Rating: 2
Err he is a bit early, still a couple of days till April Fools

If it's dead, are we in Hell?
By BPB on 3/30/2008 12:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
If he's right, and the internet is dead, does that mean we're in Hell? I suppose maybe the PC owners would say yes, and the Mac owners would ask, "What's Hell? Is that something IBM people created?"

By Randum on 3/30/2008 8:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
someone forgot to take his crazy pills.

Making ca$h
By jasona111 on 3/30/2008 9:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
Or is it just that Mark Cuban owns shares in this private internets idea and wants to convince everyone to use his tubes

Mark Cuban Claims Internet Is Dead
By shshao on 3/30/2008 9:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
Mark Cuban thinks the Internet Is Dead. That shows how shallow his understanding of the Internet really is.

His perception is that the Internet is another broadcast medium, in competitition with cable. What he's missing is the Internet really represents a huge difference in thinking about communications. The Internet is not a one-way broadcast medium, but an interactive multi-way paradigm , where the receiver is the sender, and vice versa.

Web 2.0 may be disappointing right now, as the noise overwhelms the signal. But one day, I'm confident that the Internet will fulfill it's potential, with quality information reaching people instantaneously.

Good thing the net is dead...
By silhrt on 3/31/2008 12:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
Man, bad snowstorm today, even the interstate is closed. Well, I had better log in to work and get that thing done.

Shoot, my kids are sick today, guess I will not be able to go drive to the office to work, glad I have my laptop so i can get that report done and sent off to the boss before its to late.

I have that meeting in that town 200 miles away, better check my email.... Oh shoot there is a major problem... Let me just log into the dev server and see... Ah, he didnt check in the latest version.... There we go, all fixed. Now to screen shot and email him what happened....

Its a good thing the net is dead... I would never be able to get any work done.

Who killed the internet?
By snownpaint on 3/31/2008 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
The Murder case of the century..

It was Bill Gates with the wire cutters in the kitchen..

By apesoccer on 3/31/2008 3:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
If you're having trouble with the internet, please reboot. If you've already rebooted, please reboot. If you've already rebooted your computer twice, give me your login credentials so i can reboot your computer. Thx! That'll fix the internet.

By Integral9 on 3/31/2008 3:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
Problem exists between keyboard and chair.

By Shadowmaster625 on 4/1/2008 10:00:12 AM , Rating: 2
It's just that people are too damn dumb to actually take advantage of the tools available. Most people only use the web for shopping, or for ego / vanity stroking on their myspace. People are just so used to being mindless non-interactive zombies that they dont want to put forth the effort required to make the internet useful. They'd rather plug into the mind-sucking tube and receive input.

Just Another Rich Boy...
By ogman on 4/1/2008 11:16:02 AM , Rating: 2
This is just another rich boy looking for a new revenue stream at the expense of the consumer. Cuban's act is stale.

Autocrats fear internet
By superguru on 4/5/2008 12:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
In the age of democracy, internet is its electronic version. Unedited, uncensored, unadulterated, just raw data. Yes, many autocrats who once controlled the flow of infromation and had immense capability to influence the masses, are seeing the internet as a clear threat to their monopoly.
Long live the democracy, long live the internet.

By hcetyliad on 4/7/2008 12:06:01 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like he flunked statistics 101.

Dec 2007
World population: 6,606,971,659
Internet usage: 1,319,872,109
Population using the Internet: 20%

Sorry you 80% ... you're out of luck. Its dead. Keep farming or whatever else you do to scratch a living. Leave us 20% alone.

a rant, I'd say, --but
By Mike Acker on 3/29/08, Rating: -1
RE: a rant, I'd say, --but
By mcmilljb on 3/29/2008 6:36:25 PM , Rating: 3
Please quit talking! Unauthorized programming? I can program whatever I feel like buddy! Take your ignorant fear mongering shit some where else. You should move to China and submit to your communist overlords. They'll watch your computer for you.

RE: a rant, I'd say, --but
By Mike Acker on 3/31/08, Rating: 0
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