Here’s a soundbite that’s sure to get people people talking, which will get attention for mentioning Apple products but can perhaps be best summarized by saying, “Don’t play Farmville.” Or, put another way, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Over the weekend, President Obama gave the commencement address at Hampton University that probably would have gone unnoticed except for a few choice words on the subject of technology overload that reference Apple’s always buzz worthy iPad.
“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,” he told his audience.
Well, yeah, but the same has been said of television and this is nothing new.
“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,” he said.
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this speech before. Whether it was Reagan, Clinton or one of the Bushes is unimportant as political leaders — call it the “scourge of our time” schtick — often resort to such rhetoric, an easy play.
Gotta scratch that itch…
Of course, the irony here is that President Obama is an admitted Blackberry addict, which places him firmly at the other end of spectrum as consumer of too much real information. That said, given that the president’s hair has already skewed several noticeable shades to the gray, perhaps he could benefit a little from enjoying a few of the distractions he disparages…
What’s your take?