Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

October 10, 2008 -

Okay, so that's two words. But still...

Day of the Dreamweavers yesterday mentioned the term "Atari Democrat" and it is one that I'll confess to not having heard before. According to DotD, here's the definition:

...a phrase first popularized during the early 1980s, references both the video game company Atari and Democratic legislators who suggested that the support and development of high tech and related businesses would stimulate the economy and create jobs.

Wikipedia has more, including this definition from the Philadelphia Inquirer, circa 1984:

...a young liberal trying to push the party toward more involvement with high-tech solutions.
 

It seems to be primarily a 1980's term. Major examples include Al Gore (after all, he did invent the Internet).

GP: Under either definition, would Barack Obama qualify as an Atari Democrat? Of course, Atari is far from the powerhouse that it was in the eighties. Apple Democrat, perhaps?


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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Al Gore never claimed to have invented the internet. Get past it already.

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

just remember who al gore's married to... tipper gore, true evil

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Obama is barely even an "Atari Democrat" since the last game he played was apparently Pong. Not to mention it seems like he looks down upon those who play videogames since they're "time wasters". >_>

Let's not even get started on Al Gore...

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Absolutely; they don't give two shits.  They'd probably even love to see violent videogames get banned, like Clinton ...

"That which does not kill me strengthens me." -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

I third "Nintendocrat."

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Nintendocrat sounds better.

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Just as long as he's not a Tengen Democrat.  (Still haven't forgiven them for the unlicenced NES port of Shinobi.)

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

I can't figure out why that urban legend gets spread around so much even when he isn't running for office. He did not claim to create the internet. He exact words were "I took the initiative in creating the internet." He was not claiming to invent it he was claiming to be a driving force behind the legislation that made it possible for the internet to become what it is today.

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Yeah, I don't know why this even circulates anymore, as it's been so totally discredited.  I guess it shows that even GP is willing to post discredited disinformation when it suits his political viewpoint.  Although it's disappointing, I guess it's nice to know GP's political bias - always good to know the politics of the news services one subscribes to.

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

I think the media had something to do with this urban legend because back then, all campaign funding was going towards the republican party. And it just stuck afterwards.

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

You are posting stories too fast, I cant keep up, haha j/k.  I love it.

Atari isnt even the real Atari...  It is some Finland company or something.  Nolan Bushnell just sold the branding name to them for a pretty sum...

Apple might sue if you say Apple Democrats too, you might have to say Pair Democrats as a knock off, haha.  I don't think we can keep it on the same level though, we have to keep it on the same level in relation to the times.  So I would vote for the Tweeter Democrats maybe...  Or maybe the Second Life Democrats...

Yeah...  That is the only ideas I can come up with that would work...

I might have to second Nintendemocrats.

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

Nintendemocrat, obvs.

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Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

I think simply 'Nintendocrat' is better.

Re: Word of the Day: Atari Democrat

would Barack Obama qualify as an Atari Democrat?

If he mentions ET it may be time to vote Republican

 
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