Solely In Black and White: Political Ramblings: a Mussar Message from the Commander-in-Chief

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Political Ramblings: a Mussar Message from the Commander-in-Chief

"Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"
Quote from his speech at 2004 Democratic National Convention on July 2004 at the Fleet Center, Boston

In a recent commencement address to the graduates of Hampton University, President Obama shared his views on technology and how it is shaping our lives. As an aside, it’s really fascinating what makes for news nowadays. :-/ Anyways, in his speech, the President warned the graduates about the dangers of relying on technology for information with these memorable quotes:

"With iPods and iPads; 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,"
"Let's face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I've had some experience with that myself."

Good people of blogosphere take the president message to heart and only use technology in an empowering and useful manner. :) Also, be careful what you read on the internet, especially blogs. ;)

As other pundits have pointed it, it’s a bit ironic that the current administration is heavily reliant on social networking for the purpose of political marketing, activism, and support. Could this possibly be a lesson in the concept of don’t bite the hand that feeds you? I’m not a political expert, but maybe, I guess time will tell….  

What I find slightly scary, something which I find troubling with politics in general, is that the people who by their own self-admission acknowledge that they don’t understand a specific subject matter happen to be the people who are intent on passing legislature which will affect it. I guess I’ll never understand politics. :-(   

The good news is that this speech was just an optional life lesson, so as a citizen of a democratic society, you can either take it or leave it. Just be thankful the current administration has no plans to follow South Korea’s lead and institute an online curfew! Just imagine what would happen if Blogger restricted access at 12:00 A.M. due to an imposed curfew… :p  


  1. And Mr. President, what about the Blackberry that you refused to give up, even if it would compromise, or complicate your security?

    He has a point there, but he's not the greatest example, even if a Blackberry seems more innocuous than PlayStations.

  2. Good point, I total forgot about the infamous Blackberry incident. But emails are not addictive… oh wait a second… :p


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