Monday, May 10, 2010

Transcript of President Barack Obama's Commencement Address at Hampton University - WTKR

Obama seems distressed that technology provides exposure "to all kinds of arguments" that puts "new pressure on our country and our democracy." Yeah it really sucks that we can have free and open discussions, and the media is not limited to a few government approved outlets, as in Venezuela. That's why the FCC is pushing hard to expand their control over the Internet. After all, we don't want freedom to "distract" people from the governments agenda.
"And meanwhile, 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."

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