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: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 3:48pm

I agree!


Obama's "concerns" are somewhat disingenuous:

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 3:57pm

What the government taxes, it controls:


Washington, Jun 10

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 5:36pm

Still no original sources or site links? Another Obama proof point.

Mary Bono is not the sharpest knife in the drawer and I don't think her interpretation is one I'd take on faith.

So I skimmed through the 47p draft. http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/news/jun15/docs/new-staff-discussion.pdf

The draft study she references reads more like a list of possible proposals that might be worth exploring further. Most of them seem to be for reviving the viability of newspapers. I'm not sure that is worthwhile, but the proposals around more open government are ones I could get behind.

It's a draft study for discussion purposes, not proposed law, so I'll save my outrage for another day.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:02pm

Will not get into a "did not. . .did so" debate on this Board.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-27-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:43pm

It may not be proposed law yet, but it's the steps in the direction of adding these taxes to fund journalism. From your source, the group they are focusing on. "We include within the term "newspapers" online news websites run either by an existing newspaper or by an online-only news organization."


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-27-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 6:45pm
Why?
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 7:11pm

Like Obama, I believe the ability to discern what is information and what is entertainment is a critical life skill. Drudge, Beck, WND on the right and Salon, HuffPo, Dialy Kos on the left are entertainment filter to politics.

If you(collective) can not read the information sources yourself and come to a conclusion without the filter of entertainment, then I believe there is a problem with our educational system.

Isn't that what a debate board is about?

And yet again, you(personal) have proved Obama's point.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 7:19pm

I believe I stated in my previous post that I would not stand behind some of the proposals, but some may have merit. To me, this seems to be the foundation of brainstorming session and if it results as recommendations to Congress as proposed law I would invest a lot more time and energy into judging the merit of the outcome.

I do find it rather remarkable that op uses this as frightening proof that the Obama administration is implementing censorship along the lines as China and Iran.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2010
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 7:39pm
Great info
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
In reply to: galanie
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 8:07pm

Pres. Obama is far too astute a student of Saul Alinski to try a heavy-handed take-over of the media such as those in China and Iran.

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