Barack Obama’s attack on Free Speech

Yid with Lid
5/10/2010

While some of us were having brunch with our mothers, President Obama was giving the commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia. One section of his speech has been widely misinterpreted, and is particularly disturbing.

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.

This has widely been interpreted as an attack on technology that was not its purpose. Nor was designed warn the young that they getting fat because they spending too much time in front of video games, supporting his wife’s anti-obesity campaign.

No the message is much more nefarious than that. The President was complaining about the quick disbursement of information through media that he cannot yet control especially the internet.Each one of those technologies enables the user to connect to the internet in its own way. But fear not, his administration is working hard to control this medium, allowing him to control the way his progressive message is relayed to the public.

Last week, after the court struck down the laws moving the internet toward government control known as net neutrality, the FCC decided to make the internet a “public utility” in order to move the internet toward net neutrality on its own. The purpose of neutrality– censorship.

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