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.It seems that the candidate that was so cool, he was texting his VP to his adoring fans is not turning against technology which he doesn’t even know how to use
.That was the NY Post headline. Two things did strike me from that commencement address Obama gave. First that he told students
“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,”
NY Post notices the contradiction too
Obama — whose election was credited, in part, to his skillful use of modern media, from smart phones to Twitter to Flickr – yesterday told college graduates that high-tech gizmos and apps are straining American democracy.
“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 who’s telling the truth and who’s not,” Obama said.
“Let’s face it — even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I’ve had some experience with that myself. Fortunately, you’ll be well positioned to navigate this terrain.”
Translation: information is only good when I control it. Every other source is bad for you. Too many voices – bad for democracy. There should be only one – mine!
And while NY Post for some reason zooms on IPad in its headline – I wonder – what will those words to young people do for the sales of I-Pad and all the other new fangled gizmos Obama can’t even use?
Here’s a hint:
A South Park episode had a Japanese animation craze mesmerize the children
All methods to snap them out of it were tried, but finally it was the parents joining in and saying they were cool that turned the kids off instantly.
In aspiring to become Big Brother, Obama just made himself into a fuddy duddy, and this kid is heading to the Mac store today!