Dumbing Down

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Registered: 10-01-2004
Dumbing Down
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Tue, 06-08-2010 - 4:50pm

In a recent commencement address, Obama worried about too much information being available via the Internet.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Tue, 06-08-2010 - 5:42pm

If you want to discuss Obama's comments, shouldn't you actually include them, in context, for discussion purposes?

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
In reply to: galanie
Tue, 06-08-2010 - 5:43pm
Could you link the speech, please? The context of 'too much information available' is broad and I would like to know if he was discussing personal information or the Fourth Branch of government.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 4:26pm

If you Google search:

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 5:18pm

Why would OP (you?) start a thread about comments in a speech without quoting the exact comments you find objectionable? Debate by sound bytes rather than logical argument?

Can you point to where exactly in the speech "he seems threatened by the ready access to information"?

I'm beginning to think that Obama does have point. Information without critical thinking ability to sift through the absurdity, could be harmful.

From Obama's Hampton Commencement address

"...your education can prepare you. But it can also prepare you as citizens. With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs, on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult, at times, to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out who's telling the truth and who's not. Let's face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction."

I'm missing your supposition where he advocates censorship, though. He does promote the value of a good education.

If you would really like to debate his words and actions, and logically back up your supposition that he is taking us down a path of China and Iran, then a debate may be worthwhile. Otherwise, the op and your comments seem to backup Obama's point.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-10-2006
In reply to: galanie
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 9:46pm

 


 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2010
In reply to: galanie
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 10:15pm
Sounds like old plantation thinking...keep 'em dumb and they'll be happy.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2010
In reply to: galanie
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 10:21pm

>>> I'm beginning to think that Obama does have point. Information without critical thinking ability to sift through the absurdity, could be harmful.

or helpful...it got Obama elected. ; )

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 11:51am

The Hampton University speech was widely quoted and discussed in the media. . .sorry if it was difficult for you to locate.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 12:00pm
WND? Not a site to be taken seriously.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 12:36pm
Again, you prove Obama's point. I did read a transcript of the speech to reach my conclusions. I do not need WND on the nutty right or HuffPost on the loony left to interpret it for me. Would you like to continue the debate by doing the same? What did you find offensive in the speech?

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