Monday

BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology.

From Fox News : Obama Warns Grads of iPad Perils

BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology, singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia, the New York Post reported Monday.

The guy who lives and dies by the teleprompter and his BlackBerry has an issue with technology? I wonder if the core of the issue is the fact that the internet has been the one place he has failed to exert control?



"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 at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia.
There is the answer: "...information becomes a distraction...". What our esteemed leader means is Conservative blogs and sites have become a distraction to his agenda; I am prepared to accept that premise. Obama is less concerned with empowerment and emancipation than he is with furthering his socialist ideals. The technologies of the day present an impediment to his goal and therefore are a dangerous distraction. I guess that all depends on which side of the argument you are on; whether you choose liberty or tyranny.


Obama described the most popular offerings of companies like Apple, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo as distractions that are putting unnecessary pressure on the country.


Obama also lamented the spread of social media and blogs, through which "some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction."

"...some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction"? What the messiah means when he says "craziest claims" is anything that runs counter to his hollow rhetoric.  This is not an attack on technology so much as it is an attack on those who use it to counter the lies and misinformation he spreads from the bully pulpit.
"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you," Obama said. "It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."

I fail to understand how dissenting views place a strain on Democracy.  What Obama's argument boils down to is his dislike of the First Amendment. But for the blogoshpere his statements would go unchallenged; any leaders statements would go unchallenged. Is that a good thing?

"We can't stop these changes," he said, "but we can adapt to them. And education is what can allow us to do so. It can fortify you, as it did earlier generations, to meet the tests of your own time."

"...we can adapt to them..." I wonder if by adapt he means things like the "fairness doctrine"? Time will tell I suppose. In the mean time I, and others like me, will continue to challenge the anointed one; at least until he and his sycophants "adjust" us out of the picture. 

2 comments:

  1. (1) President Obama doesn't rely on his teleprompter any more than any other politician. He has amply proven his ability to engage in impromptu debate in his press conferences and in conferences with the Republican leadership. He may be less reliant on the teleprompter than any other president in recent memory. Can we put paid to this tired and misleading meme?

    (2) President Obama's point appears not to be anti-technology at all, but rather against some of the effects of communications technology. This means the irony of the "Blackberry-loving" president criticizing iPods is not nearly as impressive as the editors at Fox News seem to think it is. His key argument appears to be, rather, that we are in a transition from mass media (ABC, NBC, CBS) to micro-media (blogs and specialized news sites), which makes it easier for people to evade thoughts they don't already agree with. This is a real danger to our Republic. Incidentally, one reason that I read all your posts, Southern Man, is that I want to expose myself to a different point of view so that I won't end up in an intellectual prison of my own creation. So all in all, I think the President's point is a good one.

    (3) I don't see where you could draw the conclusion that the President doesn't like the First Amendment or that he wants to exert control over the Internet. When he says "the craziest claims," I take him at his word--he appears to be concerned about things like 9/11 conspiracy theories, theories that he wasn't "really" born in the United States, and so on.

    (4) Even with these ideas floating around out there, he isn't saying anything about the "fairness doctrine" or anything like that. He is making a case that educated citizens (this is a college commencement speech) should make an attempt to get beyond these limitations of the contemporary public sphere and communicate with one another as rational individuals. Fifty years ago, President Obama might have been making the case that the mass media were putting oversimplified ideas out there, becasue they were. Today, the danger is that there are too many unsubstantiated claims, not enough facts and too little logic. This strikes me as a fair claim for him to make.

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  2. Blogs and social media are here to stay! Every politician needs to learn how to work with them rather than class them as "distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment". After the well documented use of social media and the internet to get his rise to power, barack should know better than to analyse blogs as causing crazy claims quickly generating traction. These are real people, real voices. Policicians need to sit up and start to listen to them.

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