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05/11/2010 09:14 AM ID: 84067 Permalink   

Obama: iPod and iPad Don´t Empower

 

In a commencement speech Sunday, President Barack Obama warned the students of Hampton University about the superficialities of gadgets.

"You´re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don´t always rank all that high on the truth meter," President Obama went on to say.

Instant access to simultaneously concocted amounts of information with different thoughts gives new opportunities for verification.
"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes … information becomes a distraction … rather than a tool of empowerment," he continued.

 
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Commander In Chief and High Commissioner Of The Bureau of Truth
 
  by: Malefice   05/11/2010 10:17 AM     
  @Malefice  
 
He´s absolutely right, you know. Just because you can access "information" and acquire it doesn´t mean you´re empowered. You have to be able to critically analyze that information, something iPods and iPads obviously can´t do.

You have to be able to take a story like the one President Reagan always used to tell, about the black woman in Chicago who scammed welfare so that she got over 100 welfare checks a month, and decide for yourself whether that´s probably a true story or a made-up story. *That* is true empowerment.
 
  by: Ben_Reilly     05/11/2010 04:13 PM     
  @Ben  
 
That or, like me, he hates Apple.
 
  by: VermiciousG     05/11/2010 04:28 PM     
  @article & Obama  
 
Obama states he doesn´t know how to operate an iPod. He knows how to use a ZUNE though and his Blackberry. I call bullshit. He was pushed as the candidate that had his finger on the pulse of the youth (and in tern technology). This is just politics.

"The concern, he added, is that such a proliferation of dubious information is "putting new pressures on our country and our democracy.""

As opposed to the dubious information given to us by our public school systems and white house approved mainstream talking points?

There´s no more fake news out there than it ever was before. It´s just easier to spot it.

The politicians are running scared because every little slip up they have is published now. That goes for both sides.
 
  by: Sasquatches_United   05/11/2010 06:21 PM     
  Indeed...  
 
Perhaps the biggest part I agree with is the fact of accessing media information on supposed entertainment technologies...then it DOES become a distrsaction...other than that...once again...I do agree with Verm DOWN WITH APPLE! :P
 
  by: sirez   05/11/2010 11:34 PM     
  Hmm.  
 
Warned students?? Almost sounds like he wants them to turn in their "Gadgets". Who in hell is he to warm anybody? A year or so ago he was a nobody and all of a sudden he is playing father knows best.
Quote:some of which don´t always rank all that high on the truth meter,"

Well that covers just about everything he says.

True or false?
This Administration is scared to death of the Instant access to amounts of information with different thoughts that do not agree with his agenda.

I´d say it is true.

He is correct when he said," information becomes a distraction … rather than a tool of empowerment,"

That is because once people see beyond the illusion and have the correct information it makes it hard for him to use it as a tool for empowerment.
 
  by: hellblazer     05/12/2010 05:09 AM     
  Amen Hellblazer...  
 
True.
 
  by: sirez   05/12/2010 09:57 AM     
  Meanwhile  
 
The lie detector behind him during his speach exploded, and everyone is now GLOWING
 
  by: cyphercrash   05/25/2010 11:12 AM     
 
 
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