A lot of dumb gaming sites are reposting a quote from Obama at a commencement speech:
“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. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you. It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
Except it’s fake. Here’s what he actually said:
“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 rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you; it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
The problem is, the edited, fake quote puts a different spin and context on what he’s saying. Some retard at some gaming site wanted to make it sensational, so he made it sound like Obama don’t know squat about gaming, and that games and iPods are bad for you. Hurr dhurr, and the gaming masses fall into lockstep behind the websites that only cover sensationalism. As you can see from the original quote, what he’s saying is that people today have a lot of distractions, a lot of pressures, and with news becoming more like entertainment, it’s getting harder to separate fact from fiction. Just the fact that the fake news article is being spread so rapidly around the internet, while the truth is less well-known, is a testament to what Obama is getting at.
People are getting manipulated and outraged by internet trolls, and not even realizing it.