Opinion: A Telling Comment by ‘President’ Soetoro
“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, rather than the means of emancipation.”
Your President believes that information you obtain from the internet is somehow invalid, second-rate, ersatz, propaganda. Information gleaned from this blog and countless others is tawdry – somehow not up to the lofty standards of the government approved media sources like MSNBC, the official media organ of the Soetoro administration, and should be discounted. If it is not proclaimed from Olympus by Robert Gibbs, it is, by inference, false. Or, at the very least, a distraction from the real information.
Woe to the nation whose ‘leader’ speaks of factual, valid information as opposed to information that is “mere distraction”, for the advent of Approved Information and Approved Information sources might not be far behind. Followed logically by the criminalization of other sources – like, for example ALL THE OTHER BLOGS YOU READ!
Now this might rightfully be considered as alarmist until you discover that Soetoro’s head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein published a paper in 2008 where he suggested that for internet sites that are deemed ‘anti-government’, the Government or ‘teams of covert agents and pseudo- “independent” advocates’ would be justified in instituting ‘covert programs designed to undermine anti-government conspiracy theories, discredit government critics, and increase faith in government pronouncements.’
Keep a wary eye on this administration vis-s-vis internet regulation and the demonization of dissent. I see an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth‘ in the not too distant future.
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