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Don’t shoot the messenger

The Economist highlights recent comments by Obama about “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.” The article then equates this as a moment of Luddism in a generally technologically proficient politician. After arguing that Obama is wrong, the article takes a funny turn with this statement “video games and websites may have kept the young and idle busy during this recession, thus explaining the surprising lack of an uptick in crime.” Right. And that completely supports what Obama is saying: for many people, information (and, in this instance, games) is a distraction, not a source of empowerment. Note to Economist: it’s tough to win an argument when you’re busy agreeing with your opponent.