While speaking before students at Hampton University yesterday, President Obama lamented about iPods and other technology:
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 -- (laughter) -- 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.
So how can our country and our democracy overcome this pressure? How does one turn the iPod into a tool of empowerment and a means of emancipation? Why by preloading President Obama's speeches into every iPod of course. You might recall that in April 2009, President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II an iPod which contained audio of his speech before the 2004 Democratic National Convention and his 2009 Inauguration Address.
President Obama can be accused of many things. Modesty isn't one of them.