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"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," Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia."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.
Hampton University is a historically black college, and Obama noted the huge disparity in educational achievement between African Americans and other racial groups in the United States and the world.
Viewing technology as a noisy distraction reduces the power of that technology.
information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation
Again, these devices aren't just about entertainment. That's dismissive. There are applications that help juvenile diabetics track their glucose, create interactive reading experiences for children and provide a pretty endless array of information on any subject you can imagine.
What gets under my skin about this really is how woefully ignorant (or playing at such) politicians are about technology, if not science in general.
they should step back and re-examine the role these toys have in their lives.
Actually, he's said just that on a prior occasion.
To parents, we can’t tell our kids to do well in school and fail to support them when they get home. For our kids to excel, we must accept our own responsibilities. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences, reading to our kids, and helping them with their homework...