Obama bashes our "toys" (ipad/ipod/ps3/360)
President Obama's commencement speech Sunday at Hampton University caused a little stir in tech circles after he took a swipe at some of our favorite toys — "iPods and iPads and PlayStations and Xboxes" — for turning "information" into a "distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment." Oh, and he admitted that he doesn't know how to make any of them "work," either. Shocking!
Here's the passage of Obama's 2,000-word speech, delivered at the historically black college in Hampton, Va., that got the blogosphere all a-twitter (sorry, couldn't resist):
"And meanwhile, 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."
So is the president saying that iPods, iPads and PlayStations are bad (as the Inquirer puts it, "on his axis of evil list")? Or is he simply saying we should switch off our Xboxes once in a while and, I dunno, read a book or something?
Wait — did Obama just diss the iPad? - Yahoo! News
- 05-10-2010, 01:25 PM #2
- 05-10-2010, 01:42 PM #4
I think what people seem to forget all the time is that there needs to be a balance. Everything in excess can have negative, or "distracting" results.
Just because vegetables are good for you doesn't mean you should eat them constantly everyday.
iPads, iPhones, iPods, Xboxes and PS3s all allows us to access a wealth of information and allows us to communicate with our friends and family, but for example, hardcore gamers who do nothing but play on the xbox miss out on the communication with people in the real world, and I suppose it can be stretched to iPods and iPads.
But if Obama decides to ban these, all I can say is I'm thankful I don't live in the States. :P
- 05-10-2010, 01:51 PM #5
- 05-10-2010, 02:05 PM #6
Man it is sad when people can't understand things. He was not dissing any one device, just saying that there needs to be a balance in peoples lives. And on that point I agree with him. I have friends who play on XBOX Live for 8-10hrs a day and all I can think about is how much of their lives they are wasting. Don't get me wrong I am a gamer but I also have a life and go outside and do things.
- 05-10-2010, 03:36 PM #8
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- 05-10-2010, 04:26 PM #10
I don't see the big deal. He makes sense. I don't see kids playing in the streets like I used to as a kid. Now they are all stuck online playing MW2 against everyone else. Now I know it's not all the fault of those devices because parenting has a role in it as well. However I don't think those console companies should shove their ads down kids' throats on Nick, Nick Jr, or whatever stations the kids watch these days.
- 05-10-2010, 04:45 PM #12
I (admittedly) hastily read the speech, and I don't see anywhere in there where he was implying that these devices should be banned. As others have stated, I think he was trying to communicate that we're in a society where we can be (and often are) bombarded with information 24/7. Sometimes you just need to step away from the phone/Xbox/whatever, and take a look around. Balance is key in just about everything. I often find myself overly absorbed with various media and blogs and such, but luckily I have a wife who not only understands my need for gadgets, geekery, and information but also knows when I need to put it down, go outside, and unplug for a while. Keeps me from going insane. (Or at least any more insane.)
- 05-10-2010, 05:13 PM #13
- 05-10-2010, 05:17 PM #14
Can anybody not see the contradiction in this speech? In one particular instance Obama says,
"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."
The guy owns an iPod. Hell, even his iPod playlist has been printed in Rolling Stone Magazine. Furthermore, the whole quote sounds like something a communist dictator would say to his people.
I challenge all of you to educate yourselves (if you haven't already) and read Saul Alinsky's book, Rules for Radicals. There are some polarizing parallels between this book and the current regime in Washington.
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- 05-10-2010, 09:42 PM #22
Super off topic haha...
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