As politicians go, President Obama has a reputation as a reasonably tech-savvy guy-or at least one with a deep-seated appreciation for his BlackBerry. But during thecommencement speech he gave on Sunday at Hampton University in Virginia, he sounded more like a technophobic old fogy:
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. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - (laughter) - 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.