Sunday, May 9, 2010

President Obama at Hampton University: The Lost Footage

"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. Some of the craziest claims can now quickly claim traction, like the idea that the health reform bill is actually going to make our budget situation worse, that the stimulus hasn't really saved or created close to two million jobs, and that all those people with their tea bags out protesting trillion-dollar-a-year deficits as far as the eye can see aren't really dangerous domestic extremists who threaten the very fabric of our society..."