Obama: iPod And XBox ‘Distraction’ Hard On Democracy
May 12th, 2010

President Obama delivered the commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia

Full text of the speech of President Obama.

Notice the smartmobby remarks the President made, bemoaning the fact that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,” in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets:

And meanwhile, 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 that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — (laughter) — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.

YES we can!

Watch the video of the commencement speech at Mediaite

Also read the comment on Geek System

It is one thing to bemoan or admonish Fox News viewers, or the like, who tend to skew older and to whom the information age arrived long after, say, college graduation, but it’s entirely another to lecture a bunch of 22-year-olds — who have only known the information age — about ‘crazy claims’ on the Internet. As far as I can tell, it’s the 22-year-old kids who are mostly like to weed out the nonsense from the truth, mainly because they have always had to”.


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