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Obama Lambasts Ipod, Ipad, XBOX and Playstation



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  1. 1. Do you Agree with Obama?

    • Yes those things ruined, are ruining my life
    • My Itunes subscription rocks
    • Umm what is Ipod, Ipad, XBOX and Playstation?
    • I love nature

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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 — 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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Nah, he likely just forgot about the Wii, like everyone else does. :P

The people I know that are big Wii fans seem to have rejected other gaming platforms. On the other hand, I prefer Farmville above all other games. :)

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capt.. so.. if i found sales figures of those consoles....the wii would be a tiny fraction of the others, right? lol ;)

except all those have net access, and could theoretically be a tool of "emancipation", just as much as his idea of slavery.

balthy, yes, any regulating of the net even under the name of net neutrality, will not be so good...

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I would tend to agree from a certain standpoint. (I voted yes)

From a psychological and social standpoint, our 'addiction' to technology as both individuals and a society is/can be a VERY unhealthy thing. (Hell, this site alone has probably taken years off of my life, as stressed out and pissed off as it has made me at times) I think it is extremely unhealthy for our youth to have technology 'IV-ed' in all the time.

On the other hand, there is absolutely NO way in hell that we as individuals, or as a society can ignore this technology or wash our hands of it. So the point is to teach moderation. But 1) that makes too much sense and 2) americans don't know the meaning of moderation.

BTW, the Wii is the most MISERABLE piece of crap that I've ever played in my life.

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I have to say that I agree with the quoted text in the OP.

Never expected that, did you?

Agreed - the internet sometimes brings out the worst in people. If the world were only made up of internet comments and angry netizens, it would be a very depressing place indeed.

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I have a Sega Dreamcast and Playstation 2 from back when I dabbled in video games. Really haven't had much interest in games at all for many years now. More interested in travel and other non-gaming pastimes (building/collecting model cars, watching movies, listening to music, etc).

My interest in Android and mobile technology is for side development projects/new skill areas (mobile development) as an alternative to the corporate enterprise application development I do in my day job.

As far as iPods and iPads, I'll probably get a 120gb iPod Classic to replace 30gb iPod that I've filled up...do like to take a lot of music and podcasts w/ me. If I were flying weekly like my sister, I'd think about a Kindle or iPad, she's looking at getting a Kindle.

But on the theme of the thread, access to information and connectivity has exploded over the last decade, no doubt. 20 years ago my internet access was limited to dialup and a PC at home or 'fast' connections at school via the text-based internet (telnet, ftp, usenet). Portable music was CDs in my Sony Discman. Nothing like the capacity and convenience of an mp3 player of today. I used to go to 'libraries' then to look up information in books and journals. Haven't been in one of those over a decade, what with the explosion of information on the WWW.

Now, wireless high speed connnectivity nearly anywhere, anytime via a smart phone (or laptop w/ wireless) is pretty ubiquitous. It can get distracting.

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Agreed - the internet sometimes brings out the worst in people. If the world were only made up of internet comments and angry netizens, it would be a very depressing place indeed.


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