Skip to comments.Obama: Technology becomes 'diversion' rather than 'a tool of empowerment'
Posted on 05/09/2010 1:53:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
President Barack Obama cited the influx of new technology as "putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy" in a commencement address to graduates at Virginia's Hampton University on Sunday.
"Youre 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 dont rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama said. "With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.
"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you; it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."
Obama said that education would "fortify" the graduates to meet the challenges posed by these changes.
The president said education not only leaves the students prepared to compete in a global economy, but "it can also prepare you as citizens."
"With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out whos telling the truth and whos not," Obama said. "Lets face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. Ive had some experience with that myself. Fortunately, youll be well positioned to navigate this terrain.
"Your education has honed your research abilities, sharpened your analytical powers, and given you a context for understanding the world," the president added. "Those skills will come in handy."
In the case of the Left,, it’s more of a ‘tool of enslavement&exploitation’.
Too bad he didn’t mention that greatest of all timesucks, Facebook.
The world’s biggest rumor mill is also the world’s greatest secret buster.
I hear ya,, lol.
Does he know how to use a truth meter¿
All will be put right by the new Reichsmarshall of Propaganda, Baghdad Bobby Gibbs. He will see to it that the only information provided to the masses will be correct information, personally approved by the Dear Leader.
Starting to sound a bit like Pol Pot.
My SO’s, his mother got a new computer today for Mother’s Day. Welcome to the 21st Century.
“It’s hard to control you muthafakers...why can’t you just listen to MSNBC all day and fawn over me?”
Our president is such a f**king douche.
“The Dear Leader” is simply jealous of the new media, because it is producing voices that are rightly are “challenging” him.
Obama has wet dreams of a planned society with he himself installed as chief dicktator for life. Well, he’s half there. Chief dick. What an idiot.
They is too much infamation goin’ on out thar! I say, I say boy, let the gubmint take care of all yore infomation needs. We all are heah to hep you!
Even FB is being beaten out by Twitter.
They try to control the internet and I suspect that straw will be meeting camel’s back.
Is the ink still not dry on that BC of yours, uh, Hussein? BTW, I can spot a snake oil salesman a mile off so it wasn't difficult at all to spot you.
“With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.”
Naturally, the media has to cover up what Barry ad libbed when delivering these remarks.
He admitted that the average 7 year old is smarter and more dexterous than he is.
The guy can’t figure out how to use an iPod ??
Play and stop-how hard can that be ?
“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,
The Yutes are having too much fun to get them to join the OFA apparently.
FUBO!! I will use all the “new technology” I can and will NOT be dumbed down, told to shut up or told to go back to the “plantation”! FUBO!!
Well it took one judge to hand the Feds a stinging rebuke with this thing called “net neutriality”.
Zer0 should know.
Does the Truth Meter's calibration go below zer0, into the negative region?
He doesn’t know how to use an IPOD? How does he explain this article in the U.K. Guardian dated Wednesday 25 June 2008? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2510069/posts
Hahahaha! Odouchebag’s worried about “the truth meter!”
Excuse me. I must laugh more.
He has a Blackberry and he doesn’t know how to operate an iPod?
“Starting to sound a bit like Pol Pot.”
I think he is beginning to sound like he’s ON pot!;)
He probably thinks all us counterrevolutionary capitalist running dogs should be out in the fields harvesting sugar cane!/s;)
Yes he is.
THEN, why do they want to wire every school kid with a computer????
Obama just don’t like free speech.
Obama is mad because we actually find out what his cabal is doing to the country. If we were ignorant and uninformed he assures us the assimilation process would have gone smoother... It got news for Obama, real Americans unlike him, believe in the POWER OF FREEDOM....
“Live Free Or Die”
“some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,”
In other words, it’s all about him. He can’t help himself but to try to defend himself by labeling his detractors as crazy, even at a commencement.
Let me guess ... Obama wants the thought police to start writing thought crimes. Its 1984.
Nothing he can do to stop kids from texting and tweeting each other about what an @$$ he is.
U.S. President Barack Obama waves before delivering the commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia, May 9, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)
“”Youre 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 dont rank all that high on the truth meter,” Obama said.” Well, he is right about the last part of that statement in that most of the stuff coming from the white house is not high on the truth meter at all. This is just another swipe at the non LSM for portraying der Leader in a correct but unflattering light on most issues.
prez O iz a weeny. LOL :~D
My impression exactly. I am an engineer, thus I am a threat to the new socialist workers paradise?
The Khmer Rouge went as far as tagging people wearing eyeglasses as intellectuals, to be executed.
as he is a guy that doesn’t know how to use basic user electronics, what kind of product/sector expect is this moron?
just another ‘i feel it’s a waste of time’ emotional spewing from another leftie idiot spewing on yet another topic they have no background in whatsoever.
amazing hubris. (a word i only seem to be able to use with lefties)
It was so much better when there was only the tightly controlled voices of network news and newspapers. No misinformation to sift through there. Just trust them to tell you all you need to know.
Now that the raw information is available with only a minimal amount of searching, we can actually tell when the government media machine is lying to us. We can find the information those in power would rather we not know about. The technology makes it so difficult for Dear Reader.
Exactly: First, demonize all that “distracting,” “confusing” information. Then, protect us from it.
The history of Pol Pot doesn’t get near the attention it deserves.
Yeah after 8 years of sabotaging Bush and the country with lies, and backstabbing, now the little darlings don’t like the idea of facts that the msm hides...being talked about online..
"FOX NEWS is killing me! ...If I could only follow Hugo's advise"
He didn’t mind it when it was twittering on his behalf during the campaign.
Paybacks a bitch you SOB isn’t it?