As I read the various conservative bloggers (as well as one of in the middle) criticizing the president for lamenting in a commencement address “Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media“, I thought of Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan, like Lincoln with newspapers in the mid-nineteenth century, would have been excited by all these new media. He would have wondered at, rather, delighted in, their possibilities.
Strange for Obama to see new media as a diversion when he tapped into the latest technologies to run such an innovative — and effective — campaign.
Yes, there are downsides as there are with any technology. But, couldn’t the president focus on the possibilities while cautioning us about those downsides? Instead, he chooses to dwell on the negative. Maybe he’s decided to sing a different tune now that his ideological adversaries are using the new technologies as effectively today to criticize his policies as he used them in 2007 and 2008 to promote his candidacy.