Obama laments information overload, claims not to know how to work an iPod or iPad

Tue, May 11, 2010


In a speech to graduating seniors at Hampton University in Virginia, President Barack Obama lamented the way news in today’s connected world can sometimes bombard individuals with what can often be misleading and downright false information.

“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,” Obama stated, “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.”

A fair point, and somewhat similar to the argument that the fast food style of information so prevalent on the Internet is destroying our ability to digest heartier and more complex arguments and news items.

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