President Obama has said a lot of ridiculous crap over the past... oh hell, he's always saying ridiculous crap. He's like Joe Biden except less hilarious and more dangerous. This past weekend, giving a commencement address at Hampton University, he said the following:
"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," he told the students. "And 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. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."
Everyone was so focused on the jab at the technology industry that they missed the critical point afterwards, especially at the very end. How is any of this technology putting any pressure on the country and democracy? How could it?
By making available to people a new avenue of information, a new method of bypassing the media gateway that had existed for generations, literally allowing the individual to consume and work through a torrent of information that had previously been a trickle, the Internet and the services it has allowed to grow and flourish have upended multiple established systems and procedures, and opened the eyes of the American people for the first time in several generations to the disgusting tactics the government has been using against them. The lines of communication are now permanently wide open and Obama doesn't like that one bit.
Why? He hates it because it has torn away the only protection he and his cronies and like-minded allies on the Left had - ignorance. As cliched as it sounds, knowledge is power and Obama knows that. He's very well aware of the threat posed by those who use the Internet in its various incarnations to communicate with one another (such as Tea Party groups, sites like RedState, chat and message boards, and so on), and so he's determined to demean the use of that technology as a distraction while he rewrites the FCC regulations to allow a chokehold to be placed on sites that disagree with him.
To sum it all up, he's scared.
PS- on the iPad/iPhone/XBox mentions, I'm glad he finally admitted he's clueless with technology, since he was elected as our Technology President, what with his Blackberry addiction and iPod full of music...