Final Assignment: The Digital Divide
INF 103 - Computer Literacy
The digital divide is considered the gap between those who are technologically inclined and those who aren’t. The internet has many uses and can simplify the way many everyday tasks are carried out. There are different points-of-view of how this affects our society and how the divide is gauged as well as how to bridge the divide internationally. M.D. Bowles, author of our textbook, Introduction to Digital Literacy, explains the digital divide and how demographic, being underprivileged as well as those who live in underdeveloped countries play a part in the digital divide. The author goes on to state that factors such as age, income and educational attainment can influence an American adult's access to the Internet.Those with disabilities are also less likely to use the Internet. Bowles refers to the old adage, "Knowledge is power." Bowes feels that ethical issues come to play in this digital divide because with this divide, the world would be split into two different categories, the “information-haves and have-nots”. Bowles feels that if there is a grand effort to bridge the gap by introducing all to the world of computers, then everyone can become digitally literate and the knowledge is shared amongst everyone equally. (Bowles, 2013.). Like Bowles, I believe that there are ethical issues at stake here. Considering just about everything we do involves computers, it’s not fair that everyone doesn’t have access to technology. In some cases, however, some people that are considered underprivileged do not feel comfortable learning something new; Or rather an older citizen may be stuck in his/her archaic ways of processing things without using new technology. In these two cases, I feel our society can help by using lots more comparisons when it comes to the older aged citizens, to show them how much more convenient and effective the use of technology can be in their everyday lives. Providing more public areas and access to computers to those in underprivileged situations will allow them a better chance to learn and educate themselves without pride and fear of embarrassment. Leopoldo Abad, author of Media Literacy for Older People facing the Digital Divide, demonstrates the digital divide in Spain. He believes that the digital divide is mainly due to the factor of age. He mentions that although his country’s public policies are developed with intent to reduce this generational digital divide through their media e-learning initiatives, the efforts are unsuccessful due to their approach. Abad makes a point that society should be proponents of e-inclusion, thus allowing the elderly population to achieve a better, fuller and more enriched life, thus promoting civic participation. (Abad, 2014.). I believe Abad makes a strong point here, but not only as it relates to the aged population, but also the economically advantaged, when it comes to digital inclusion making for a better quality of life. When a person attains and gains more knowledge, there is a sense of accomplishment and confidence. If the older population is able to learn more and participate more with e-inclusion programs, they will become even more active, self-sufficient individuals. The same for the economically challenged populations, when we equip people with tools to learn more, they will do more and contribute more to the growth of their family and community. Van Volkum, Stapley and Amaturo, authors of The North American Journal of Psychology, described in source Revisiting the digital divide: Generational differences in technology use in everyday life, the differences and makeup of the digital divide in the U.S. The factor of age as well as sex comes into play when determining the divide. According to these authors, men were innately more comfortable with new technology than females. Women became frustrated, whereas men maneuvered...
References: Media Literacy for Older People facing the Digital Divide: The e-Inclusion Programmes Design. Diseño de programas de e-inclusión para al fa betización mediática de personas mayores. By: Abad, Leopoldo. Comunicar. ene2014, Vol. 21 Issue 42, p173-180. 8p. DOI: 10.3916/C42-2014-17.
Revisiting the digital divide: Generational differences in technology use in everyday life. Van Volkom, Michele; Stapley, Janice C.; Amaturo, Vanessa; North American Journal of Psychology, Vol 16(3), Dec, 2014 pp. 557-574. Publisher: North American Journal Of Psychology; [Journal Article], Database: PsycINFO
Bowles, M. D. (2013). Introduction to digital literacy. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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