With ebook reader wars hotting up following the much anticipated release of the Apple iPad in the US last month, and estimated iPad sales having reached 1 million devices in the first 28 days, President Barack Obama on May 9 expressed his concern about the latest gadgets at a commencement address today at Hampton University, Virginia. 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.”
He further told students, “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 always rank all that high on the truth meter.”
We here at eBookReaderGuide.com empathize with President Obama’s concerns about the quality of information reaching today’s youngsters and how that information is assimilated. We agree that the prolonged dependance on games consoles could be detrimental to the well-being of young people as they can get locked in a lonely world of virtual reality where they may falsely believe they have a more meaningful sense of purpose. However, revolutionary portable gadgets such as ebook reader devices, including the Apple iPad, have the potential to educate, empower and emancipate young people for many generations to come because they provide a platform for digital media such as books, audio books, magazines and newpapers. Additionally, ebook reader devices, such as the iPad, Kindle, Nook and Sony are essentially “green gadgets” that will encourage people to be responsible and conserve the natural environment. Ebook reader devices are already encouraging users to share information through social networking applications. Finally, as the iPad and other ebook reader devices have the increasing multi-language support, it is well worth considering the global impact of these devices in promoting a good quality of education for school age children. We here at eBookReaderGuide.com would welcome your views in response to President Obama’s address (see below).