President Barack Obama delivered a commencement speech at Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, with a shout-out to certain entertainment devices that some may feel were a bit unflattering. Here’s the quote, unfettered by commentary and in context:
"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," said President Obama. "With iPods and iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment."
"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you; it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy," President Obama added.
This comment may bother some on both the left and the right, who will point out that, in 2008 during the presidential election campaign, then Senator Obama had no problem advertising on the Xbox 360.
Still he makes a valid point about the way media, bloggers, politicos and talking heads who have ideological mission statements tend to tailor information to their liking and with their own spin – whether that be Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, The Huffington Post or The Drudge Report. But as past Presidents can tell you, this is how the game is played – there’s just more players on the field thanks to technology.