Obama Doesn’t Know How To Use iPod Or Xbox, But Says They Are Bad

Obama Hates iPadsCome on Barack, we’d expect this from your precedessor, but not you, young Mr. Change. Story from AFP:

US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.

Obama, who often chides journalists and cable news outlets for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told a class of graduating university students that education was the key to progress.

“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 said at Hampton University, Virginia.

“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,” Obama said.

He bemoaned the fact that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction,” in the clamor of certain blogs and talk radio outlets.

“All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”…

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24 Comments on "Obama Doesn’t Know How To Use iPod Or Xbox, But Says They Are Bad"

  1. E.B. Wolf | May 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm |

    So Barry's bashing the gadgets that are keeping everyone distracted and pacified while they are systematically robbed and enslaved by international financiers and their puppet governments.
    Talk about biting the hand that feeds……

    • uh, it sounds like you just made the same point he did, while trying to sound insulting. Didn't really work. It only makes you sound confused. You were trying to bite the hand that feeds also but only licked it. If you agree with the guy, why don't you just say you agree? Calling him 'Barry' sharpens the point of your confusion to make it obvious for all. Reminds me of when Rush Limbaugh did a song on his show during Clinton era called 'Womb to the Tomb' which was supposed to be an anti-health-coverage rant, but he simply stated the basic points of an average health care plan, and there was nothing noticeably insulting about it, except having to hear a fat self-absorbed shit-stain trying to rap. I almost felt sorry for the dumb bastard being so bereft of original ideas.

    • justagirl | May 10, 2010 at 8:33 am |

      i rather liked your comment. simple and to the point. i think you pissed off james j though. good job. quit licking peoples hands though… germs and stuff, even for wolves. who's barry? lol.

      • E.B. Wolf | May 10, 2010 at 11:41 am |

        Thanks. I thought it was a pretty straightforward comment. Maybe I used too many big words.
        Fortunately for me, I generally don't give a damn who I piss off. But you have to wash the hand before you bite it. Humans are filthy creatures after all. Who knows where they've been.

  2. nick__nick | May 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm |

    he brings up a good point though. sounds like he has been reading Brave New World…

  3. i agree with the prez. you can’t blame the gadgets for distracting people but you can control yourself. some may be shocked to find that it’s a resposibilty to be aware of the ‘dark side’ of the popular techonology of the day. the cotton gin made slavery worse. i don’t know if that’s relevant but i think it sounded good.

  4. i agree with the prez. you can’t blame the gadgets for distracting people but you can control yourself. some may be shocked to find that it’s a resposibilty to be aware of the ‘dark side’ of the popular techonology of the day. the cotton gin made slavery worse. i don’t know if that’s relevant but i think it sounded good.

    • You are an idiot. Next, you are going to say that the combustion engine is the reason drunks can get behind the wheel today and kill people. You must be one of the black Obama voters, who think you won some kind of moral victory over your white counterparts. I am not a racist, but you sir, are indeed an idiot if you think us having too much information is true. We are lucky, because the lies are running thinner and thinner because of our technology.

      • Bob Thorn | May 11, 2010 at 3:36 am |

        You have obviously missed the point the president was making, that these new technologies can be a distraction to the university students he was addressing and their studies. I bet you’re from Texas, a red neck and you are ignorant! By the way, I’m white.

  5. E.B. Wolf | May 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm |

    So Barry's bashing the gadgets that are keeping everyone distracted and pacified while they are systematically robbed and enslaved by international financiers and their puppet governments.
    Talk about biting the hand that feeds……

  6. nick__nick | May 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm |

    he brings up a good point though. sounds like he has been reading Brave New World…

  7. malatesting123 | May 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm |

    To hear trite shit like this out of the president is typical. Im sure he really must hate the modern media machine that serves him and his financial backers so very well. Rich Prick.

  8. dumbsaint | May 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm |

    Didn't he give the queen of England an iPod as a gift?

  9. Elody Gamarra | May 9, 2010 at 11:21 pm |

    Praytell, Mr. Obama: how do you propose we use “Xboxes and Playstations” as a form of emancipation rather than as a form of entertainment?

    I'd like to know exactly what his definition of “emancipation” is, and how he considers this a responsible use of the term.

    Just more claptrap from the the top. Move along.

  10. However much some people dislike it…and some will dislike anything he says, even calling the sky blue or the grass green…a call for people to exercise self discipline in an era where every new toy offers you a chance to slack off, physically, emotionally and intellectually, is probably just about the most impressive thing the man has said so far.

    Painful truth…no one is here to empower or uplift you. You are no one's priority. New tech is here to offer new market power, new shareholder value, new venues for media and always to make money. You can passively let it dictate terms and influence you blindly, or you can be conscientious in how you use it, and be aware of attempts to manipulate you.

    I don't have to like or agree with the president to look at that article and see not only sense…but desperately needed wisdom.

  11. I don't think he's bitching about the devices per se, as much as he's decrying the poor quality of the informative content itself.

    All you have to do is compare the level of coverage of Anna Nicole Smith, or Michael Jackson, or OJ to coverage of the Patriot Act, or whether WMD's are actually in Iraq BEFORE we start a friggin' war, or coverage of Darfur, or the Congo, or Burma, etc., etc., etc…. to see that there's a real problem with the Entertainment ivision controlling the News department at these mega networks.

    Not to mention the lack of coverage about media consolidation itself.

    Plus, while gaming is certainly fun, and mobile phones are useful for a number of reasons, the truth is also that kids spend way the hell too much time gaming as opposed to playing outside (and that's one reason why they're ridiculously overweight) and that there are people who are obsessives with their phones, never taking off the little ear piece or texting a thousand times a day.

  12. connie dobbs | May 10, 2010 at 11:15 am |

    He also demanded that everyone present get off his lawn.

  13. dddanieljjjamesss | May 10, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    laying the groundwork for a campaign of media censorship?

  14. Really? What about television, movies, books, etc.? It's all information that is equally capable of being false. I've found that the older generation is always looking towards more technologically advanced modes of entertainment to blame, simply because it's geared towards the new generation and is something the older generation doesn't (and wasn't meant to) care for.

    Basically, older people would rather attack a video game as opposed to a movie because a movie is more relevant to their interests.

  15. GoodDoktorBad | May 16, 2010 at 9:45 am |

    Sorry, your words don't rank high on the truth meter either, Mr. President……

    • bamboozledagain | Jul 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

      Of course not, he's using the court approved, industry standard definition of “truth”, you know, the one where you don't have to express or define the level of truthiness in a statement so you can get away with lying, or at least enough to keep people calm while you do your work, whatever that might be.
      Bam

  16. bamboozledagain | Jul 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    Evolution is all wrong… we came from jackasses not monkees. That's why we keep electing leaders that are going in the opposite direction… I take that back, I wouldn't want to be unfair to jackasses, even they're smart enough not to idolize the guy with the whip, no matter how much he might remind them of their fellows–be they “elephant” jackasses or “donkey” jackasses.
    Bam

  17. Anonymous | Jul 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm |

    Of course not, he’s using the court approved, industry standard definition of “truth”, you know, the one where you don’t have to express or define the level of truthiness in a statement so you can get away with lying, or at least enough to keep people calm while you do your work, whatever that might be.
    Bam

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