As reported by Kotaku, President Obama was speaking at Hampton University over the weekend and discussed technology in the modern era and how all of the gadgets and gizmos are effecting our intelligence and ability.
The President spoke: “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. 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. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
Kotaku takes a bit of offense to the remarks by saying that it’s the content’s fault, not the medium’s. They also points out that it probably doesn’t make a difference if he did know how to turn on an Xbox or PlayStation because they are not any harder to turn on than a Wii.