Obama: iPods, iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations Turn Information Into Distraction

President Obama, no stranger to critical commentary on the Xbox 360 and video games, has turned his sights on iPods and iPads, arguing in a Hampton University commencement address that the devices turn information into a "distraction."

The full quote and commentary from over at Huffington Post:

"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," he told the students. "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."

But what of all the jobs that are created, not just by the iPad, but by all these new platforms? All the innovation that's set to descend on both developers and consumers alike when tablets, touchscreens and smartphones continue take off this year and next? And this says nothing of the old adage that All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy—don't take away my streaming ABC shows, Mr. President!

Surely we can't discount all this simply because, as is the case with all things, a few people get addicted and become zombies while consuming Netflix videos on their iPad? Surely! What do YOU think? [Huffington Post]