iPad, iPod and Xbox are Distractions and Diversions – President Obama
US President Barack Obama, while addressing graduates at Hampton University, said that the iPads, iPods, Xboxes and PlayStations are a source of distraction and diversion.
You are 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. 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. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy… We can’t stop these changes… but we can adapt to them, Education… can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time.
Following is the video of Obama’s commencement address at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.