Biting the Hand that Feeds, Obama Calls Social Media Media A Distraction
It is ironic to read that US President Obama said at Hampton University, Virginia,”information has become a distraction that is putting new pressures on the U.S.A. and “democracy.” ”
I do not know who advised Obama to say these words but Social Media has played a major role in Obama’s Presidential campaign success bringing him 10s of millions USD of donations to least say.( Full videos for THOMAS GENSEMER Obama’s Online Campaign Manager and ArabCrunch Interview at the end of this post)
According to MacDailyNews Obama said “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.”
How does information becomes a distraction? When over the Internet people control what they view and when to view? When social media is shifting the power from big corporate media into the average guy me you and anyone via things like Twitter, Blogs, facebook, Flicker and Youtube. This is creating “democratic” forms that is not controlled by anyone and ranked and filtered by the mass.
It is dangerous to read about these views from the president of the most powerful country in the world which also controls the Internet, affecting not only US users but users around the world. It also brings a fear of unbalanced US government decisions that might add censorship and control over the free flow of information. This brings to mind the SourceForge US government case against around 170 million innocent people in Syria, N.Korea, Cuba, Sudan and Iran.
Doing so will not only be a backward step for free media and the right of every human to know the truth and write code freely, but a major step that will stifle innovation and social media. Lets not forget social media brought Obama to the door step of the white house and created 10s of thousands of jobs in USA.
The iPad will turn industries upside down, so does it make sense that obama just held a summit on entrepreneurship and innovation, and yet is now attacking the very company named the most innovative company for the 6 consecutive year (Apple if you do not know.)
Obama, social media saved lives and brought you to power, so please respect it.
# Post Edited for Clarification.