The gap between those who have access to information technologies and those who do not is referred to as the digital divide. Our society has become so immersed and connected to the Internet, often it can appear as though the whole world is digitally connected and is on Facebook and making tweets on Twitter. The digital divide goes beyond connectivity and the notion that we are all digital citizens; socio-economic status is a major cause of the divide.
Not having a home computer or unlimited access to the Internet seems part of a distant world. But up until two weeks ago, I was a victim of the digital divide. I could not afford a computer, but I could not live without it. Being a part of an Interactive Media Graduate Program, makes a computer as important as breath is to life. If you’re not breathing you are unable to breathe life into the world and without a computer I was unable to breathe interactive change to the digital world.
With education being a vital organ; society’s heartbeat, and information technologies being the blood source of information, students with limited computer access are in critical condition of not being equipped with the tools they need to learn in a digital evolving world. Those who do not have access beyond the classrooms or the public libraries can be pronounced DOA.
The Internet is an ever-changing information source for those who can access it freely; for those without it, it is an everyday reminder of the struggle to survive in an ever changing world.
So what do we do?
We remember that information is free to those who can afford it and costly to those who cannot. So look at the digital divide a way to multiply resources to make everyone equal.
Submitted by Maria Rojas, a student in Elon University’s Interactive Media Master’s Program.