Tech President Obama disses iPads and Xboxes
We all know that Barack Obama is probably the most technologically comfortable president to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
He certainly put it to good use during his campaign for the White House, but that didn't stop him issuing a warning about how technology is being used in a 24/7 culture when he made the commencement address to over 1,000 students at the historically black Hampton University this past weekend.
Dressed in a blue gown, (around 7 minutes 50 seconds in) the president said the era of the iPod and the Xbox has not always been good for the cause of a strong education:
"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."
Around 12 minutes in, the president expounds on how a politically polarising media culture posed a threat to democracy without well-educated citizens with open minds.
As many in the blogosphere have noted, they find it strange that a president who cannot live without his BlackBerry doesn't know how to use an iPad or iPod.
One commentator noted: wasn't it President Obama who gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod?