techies more zealous than gun owners? By the looks of their reaction to
President Obama's remarks on "iPods and iPads," maybe so.
Many will recall the NRA-fueled firestorm over Obama's comments on small-town
Americans clinging to their guns. A corresponding outrage is now brewing
in technology circles after the president criticized the sacred cow of
tech: shiny gadgets. First, here are the president's seemingly innocuous
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.
Blasphemy! cries the techsphere.
- Horrible Advice, writes Kevin Gamble at High Touch: "Telling
the next generation to turn off their information appliances and to
disengage from their knowledge flows is doing them a disservice.
Learning to live in the flow is the new imperative. This is the edge
where value is being created. We can only hope those young people at
Hampton University were busy reading their feeds on their smart phones,
and that they filtered-out the President's bad advice."
Obama Have Amnesia? Implying hypocrisy MacDailyNews reminds readers that
Obama used video games to get elected. The video reveals Obama campaign
ads inserted in a speed-racing game:
- What Is He Talking About? wonders Harry McCracken at Technologizer: "The iPad reference is the one that really threw me. Like a book or a magazine, an iPad is a receptacle for content–content that can be informative, distracting, diverting, entertaining, right or wrong. And at the moment, at least, virtually no content is iPod-specific–it’s the same stuff we’re consuming on PCs–and, oftentimes, in books, magazines, and newspapers. In what sense does it put new pressure on graduating seniors, the country, or the democracy?"
- He's Got It Backwards, writes at CNET: "Instant access to instantly concocted information does put additional pressure on everyone's critical faculties. Yet it also allows people better access to opposing points of view, to opportunities of verification, to asking their fellow humans for help and guidance."
- The President Is Delusional Stowe Boyd writes, "President Obama decides that digital distraction is a political issue. Is he kidding? We have a world in chaos -- ecological mess, wars, a wounded economy, unemployment -- and he decides to warn college seniors about overuse of shiny mobile devices?
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