Tech’s about truth, not tools, Mr. President

President Barack Obama on Sunday revealed he isn’t quite the geek we’d been led to believe he is, and he picked on the iPad, iPod, Xbox and PlayStation during a commencement speech at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

He 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."

Right on, Mr. President! Bingo! Exactly. That’s what the devices are — tools for gathering information or entertaining yourself and others.

I can’t believe Obama can’t manipulate an iPod playlist or figure out how to send an e-mail on an iPad. I’ll cut him some slack when it comes to Xboxes and PlayStations.

Is this the same Barack Obama who lobbied to keep his BlackBerry after taking the oath of the highest office of our land? Is this the same guy who organized and worked an e-campaign in 2008 unlike anything we’d seen?

Instead of railing on the tools of the day, the president should have kept on his message of telling the graduates to do a better job discerning the truth from the fluff and fiction that smogs the information pipeline. He said: "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."

Yes, there are distractions all around us. There always have been. Your political machine perfected how to use them and I even follow you on Twitter.

Or, do I? Is that really Barack Obama sending me tweets throughout the week?

Keep this up, and I’ll unfriend you.

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