In a commencement speech over the weekend, President Barack Obama urged young graduates not to be distracted or entertained by new Apple products, urging them instead to use information as a tool of empowerment.
Acknowledging that he doesn’t “know how to work” an iPad, Obama associated the Apple devices with mainstream gaming consoles such as Xbox and Playstation. Nintendo was not specifically mentioned.
“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,” Obama said.
“And 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. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.”
At Slide To Play we think that if you use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to play Doodle Jump or Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies while waiting in line at the grocery store, you may not be using the device for its full educational potential. However, using your device to read up on history or politics on Wikipedia, checking blogs for up-to-the-minute news, or watching the President’s own official videos on Youtube, we think, count as part of your civic duty just the same.
Besides, this cheap shot at Apple is not entirely unexpected. It’s been widely reported that the President prefers to use a Blackberry.
[Via Huffington Post]