I did a double take when I read President Obama’s statement about how information, or I should say too much information, is placing a strain on our democratic process. The president made this startling revelation during a speech he gave at Hampton University in Virginia during its graduation ceremony. Another point the President was trying to make is this:
“‘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,’ Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia,” AFP reports. “‘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,’ Obama said.”
I agree that some of the information we receive may be shaded or downright lies, but hasn’t this always been the case with news media, even before the electronic age?
What do you think?