Entertainment killing education, Obama says

US President Barack Obama had a good moan that in the iPad and Xbox era, information was a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy.

Obama often has a bitch at hacks for obsessing with political horse race coverage rather than serious issues, told graduating university students that education was the key to progress.

He said that they were coming of age in a continuous media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.

Speaking at Hampton University in Virginia, Obama said that education was more important than entertainment.

He said that on iPods, iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations,  information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.

He said that “some of the craziest claims can quickly claim traction” and this was putting new pressures on democracy.