In a commencement speech at Hampton University, President Barack Obama seemed to pan the Apple iPod, the Apple iPad, and other devious gadgetry. But in the past, Obama has shown himself to be a genuine Apple fan.
Barack Obama – purveyor of hope, standard bearer for a generation of young voters, "BlackBerry President," and now, apparent enemy of the Apple iPad and iPod. On Sunday, at a commencement speech at Virginia's Hampton University, President Obama warned that the same tech revolution that swept in a swath of cool gizmos could be threatening the very foundations of American democracy.
"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 rank all that high on the truth meter," Obama told the Hampton students. OK. We also dislike things that don't rate high on the truth meter! We also don't like talking heads! So far, so good.
But then Obama decided to tee off on certain products that we hold dear to our hearts.
"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. "All of this is not only putting new pressures on you. It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."