Barack Obama’s rant against technology: America’s president joins a long (but wrong) tradition of technophobia

“With 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.” In a speech to students at Hampton University on May 9th, Mr Obama did not just name-check some big brands; he also joined a long tradition of grumbling about new technologies and new forms of media.Socrates’s bugbear was the spread of the biggest-ever innovation in communications — writing. He feared that relying on written texts, rather than the oral tradition, would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls…they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.”
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=16109292

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