Obama Slams the iPad, iPod, XBox and Playstation

    May 11, 2010

Does President Obama realize that the iPod, Xbox and Playstation are specifically designed to be distractions, diversions and a form of entertainment? 

In a speech to the graduating class today at Hampton University in Virginia Obama said this:

"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 — 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."

Are the iPods, Xboxes and Playstations "distractions" rather than "tools of empowerment", as Obama claims? It’s not as if these devices were ever intended to be anything more than diversions.

Mr. Obama, should we really be looking at these gadgets as a "means of emancipation"? 

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