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[new] definition of "divide"? (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#4)
by Aileen on Tue Oct 7th, 2003 at 10:44:14 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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After re-reading your article, Steve, I think what I am seeing in my neighborhood ties into what you wrote there, I'm just a bit hesitant to try to interpret it, because my observations are very superficial.
Seeing people heading towards these little businesses and gathering there, it doesn't seem like a bad idea at all. Taking a walk a few blocks down the street to check my e-mail, instead of never being more than ten steps away from a computer at home, has a certain appeal. Outside this little neighborhood, though, it seems to be more taken for granted that "everyone" needs to have a computer and Internet connection at home for private use.
In your article you say, "The point is that there are many reasons for people to be grouped on one side of a so-called digital divide, but the term obscures the many reasons for their lack of access." If this term is misleading, which makes sense to me, what would be a better one?
Does it have something to do with "public" and "private" use, when "private" implies "prosperous" and "public" suggests that you can't afford it yourself? As I am already reminding myself of discussions about transportation (one of my favorite soapboxes anyway), I'm afraid that is probably too simplistic.

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