Renounce Information, Class of 2010

From President Obama’s commencement speech at Hampton University, Hampton, Va., May 9:

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 — (laughter) — 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.

Two observations:

  • Entertainment and empowerment are not mutually exclusive.
  • There are a lot of Americans who make their livelihoods thanks to iPods and iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations.

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