HAMPTON, Virginia — 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.
"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."
Obama, who uses the handful of Commencement addresses that he delivers each year to meditate on societal developments broader than the minutiae of everyday politics, warned the world was at a moment of "breathtaking change."
"We can't stop these changes... but we can adapt to them," Obama said, adding that US workers were in a battle with well-educated foreign workers.
"Education... can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time," he said. And the main problem here is that that new media that he used to get elected has now turned against him and the Democratic Party. He and the Democratic Party are Hell bent on making this a democracy instead of a democratic republic like our founding fathers had intended. But as the fed keeps going into the states back yard we are finding out how important free speech is. Now we know how these sneaky politicians work. So get ready for a nice sounding bill,like a jobs bill or child education bill, and in it their will be a Trojan horse that will limit our freedoms. It is their MO and when it's brought up the will call us "chicken little" or "conspiracy theorists".