Interviewed by Prince Harry on BBC radio, Barack Obama blathered on about the internet in ways likely to warm liberal cockles.
Obama’s comments reflect his statist impulses. And they ultimately amount to a complaint that the internet has permitted conservatives to break out of the stranglehold that the liberal media used to exercise over the flow of information.
Here’s what Obama said:
BARACK OBAMA: The question I think really has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a balkanization of our society but rather continues to promote ways of finding common ground. And, I’m not sure government can legislate that. But what I do believe is that all of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can re-create a common space on the internet. One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.
Let’s break down Obama’s comments:
“How do we harness this technology?”
Who’s “we,” kimosabe? Statist Obama can’t stand something as free and uncontrolled as the internet. His impulse is to “harness” it.
He wants the internet to “promote ways of finding common ground.”
So now he wants to find “common ground,” after years of demonizing his political opponents?
“I’m not sure government can legislate that.”
He might not be sure, but that’s surely his impulse. If there’s a perceived problem, look first to government to solve it.
“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can re-create a common space on the internet.”
So the internet should somehow be controlled by the global elites? Thanks, but give me the chaos and liberty of free markets.
“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”
So Obama sees the internet as a “danger.” He is basically complaining that thanks to the internet and the related the phenomenon of cable TV, conservatives can find information relevant to them. Obama is nostalgic for the good old days when a handful of liberal media outlets had a stranglehold on the flow of information.