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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Barack goes for the BS

the Blackberry Pres, who used the internet to great advantage in his campaign ...
Sorry, but this is a bunch of BS

Barack Obama's rant against technology: Don't shoot the messenger | The Economist:
America’s president joins a long (but wrong) tradition of technophobia

May 13th 2010 | From The Economist print edition

“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.” In a speech to students at Hampton University on May 9th, Mr Obama did not just name-check some big brands; he also joined a long tradition of grumbling about new technologies and new forms of media.

Socrates’s bugbear was the spread of the biggest-ever innovation in communications—writing. He feared that relying on written texts, rather than the oral tradition, would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls…they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.”"

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