Obama Doesn't Know How To Work An Xbox Or A PlayStation

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Addressing graduating students at Hampton University, Virginia on the weekend, US President Barack Obama has spoken out on the challenges facing government in an information age, one dominated by "Xboxes and PlayStations".

"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.

"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.

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"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."

Interesting choice of devices there. I've always thought content was the important issue with news, not the delivery platform. It's not paper's fault if magazines suck.

Also interesting he goes out of his way to say he doesn't know how to "work" them; would it matter if he did know how to work them? I mean, it's not like a 360 or PlayStation is any harder to switch on than a Wii...

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Obama bemoans 'diversions' of IPod, Xbox era [AFP]

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Sobersean
Sobersean: aka Doctor Aquafresh

Regardless of using xbox/ps3 in his statement, what he's saying is that there's a very low signal to noise ratio in news media today and we've got that extra responsibility now to sort the signal from the noise if we want to make our informed decisions and whatnot.

Has very little to do with the xbox/ps3/ipod/ipad, but that of course, is what the very low signal media focuses on, further proving his point actually.

Take a minute to evaluate what you hear and read and weigh it according to it's own merits, as that's nobodies responsibility but your own. But as we move forward being "bombarded" from all sides with all this information that task is a new task we must master and adapt to if we are going to use that information in a "smart" way instead of misreading it all the time and picking the *wrong* thing to focus on in a message, like this case focusing on the unfortunate choice of mentioning video game consoles. Getting all hung up on that instead of trying to understand what is being said, shows a failure of understanding, the very thing he's actually speaking about at the heart of his message.

Now is your time to be angry with me for pointing out your foible of understanding. Go.