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Obama on Technology

May 9, 2010

“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,” he told his audience, according to the AFP.

It almost sounds like he’s making a reference to Brave New World.

“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,” he reportedly said. The concern, he added, is that such a proliferation of dubious information is “putting new pressures on our country and our democracy.”

While I can agree that the internet can be a source of dubious information, I do also believe that people are capable of making judgments on what is legitimate and what is not. I think the real fear from Washington is that people are able to access news and opinions that is unavailable on CNN, FOX, and other media outlets.

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