Essay about Digital Divide

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Some say the Internet is the savior for the world. It will bring all the people of the world together for universal peace. The great equalizer the educator the cash cow, the greatest communication infrastructure ever. The World Wide Web is the single greatest evolution of technology in my lifetime the “end all and be all” of killer applications for the Personal Computer. Well what if you have never used a computer, maybe you have never seen one in real life. Would you know how to turn it on, let alone log on to the information super highway? I bet not. America was founded on the idea of equality for all her citizens. The price of a computer is the same for all consumers but that doesn’t make it affordable for all. So what do we do when …show more content…
“Households with less than $15,000 in income had a 12.7% Internet penetration rate.” “At the $15,000-$24,999 income levels, 21.3% of households had Internet access.” “In August 2000, the penetration rate for households with incomes between $25,000 and $34,999 stood at 34.0.” (NTIA, 2000) The education level of a household is a contributing factor in Internet access penetration. The education level of the head of the household is measured. Higher educated adults are more likely to use computers and the Internet. “In December 1998, 53.0% of households headed by a person with education beyond college had Internet access. That surpassed the access rate for households headed by a person with a bachelor's degree (46.8%), those with some college experience (30.2%), those with a high school diploma (16.3%), and those with less than a high school diploma (5.0%).” (NTIA, 2000) The Internet usage in Blacks and Hispanic households are among the lowest in the ethnic category. “(23.5% and 23.6%, respectively)” The poor the uneducated and the minorities of American are the ones being left out of the great equalizer. (NTIA, 2000)
The Digital Divide is a significant problem. We are in a sense leaving behind a large section of our population. We are not leaving them to catch the next train; we are limiting their access to buy a ticket. The problem is the catch 22 these digital deprived individuals find themselves in. The

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