That's what I think whenever I see the posts "Raspberry Pi is teh aw3s0m3". Or when I look at the frequent Slashdot articles on it, which are very similar.
The Foundation as always been pretty clear about what they want: A cheap SoC that anyone can use -- which people tend to notice -- and materials focused around education and the Python programming language and tools like PyGame --- but that second part people tend to overlook.
The device can do more, certainly. And people have done quite a lot with it.
It is a cool little device, no question about that. But relative to what most people have available it is slow and clunky.
The Foundation wanted people to do cool stuff with it, but that is beyond their initial goals.
If you have a computer system and you can install PyGame on it... well then, you've got it and that's it. That's all the device was designed for.
No, the worst thing is that not a single person who has posted in this topic can seem to exactly agree on what the hell the Pi is for. You're right that the media has been playing things up in a different direction than what the foundation first wanted, but let's be honest: The foundation is eating it up. Like I said before, just look at their blog. For the most part, it's just hobbyist projects that are in no way beneficial to someone who doesn't know Linux, Python, or how to work with hardware. There are some things that are slightly beginner friendly, but then that's completely offset by posts like this, where they point out projects being done by grown men who admittedly have years of experience working with hardware. It plays right into that "It's a $35 computer you can do anything with!" idea. I just don't know what they're trying to do. I'm sure there's an appropriate place for them to point out stuff like that, but why the main site that everyone goes to? What is the message supposed to be?